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Seafood supplier confirms commitment to sustainability project. Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has announced that Canadian seafood supplier Albion Farms & Fisheries has renewed its participation in the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) for a second year, and published an update to its online profile.

Albion joined the ODP in 2018 as the first Canadian company to participate, with Guy Dean, the company’s VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, writing in a SFP blog post: “I knew it was only a matter of time that this important project would trickle down to North America and Albion wanted to be a part of it.”

Albion’s profile includes a complete, updated list of all the fisheries used to source wild seafood, along with information on management, catch method, and environmental impact.

“While there were only marginal differences in the products we sourced and sold in 2017 vs. 2018, this project has validated our own internal traceability platform and continues to create a high level of accountability that our own internal sustainability policy, as well as the UN SDG 14 goals focused on sourcing more sustainable seafood, are being  achieved,” Dean said of the renewal. “Any company that cares about maintaining a profitable business and the long-term promotion of a sustainable resource needs to join this project and help us create a transparent tipping point of change.”

SFP started the Ocean Disclosure Project in 2015 to provide a valuable information resource for responsible investors, seafood consumers, and others interested in sustainable seafood. To date, 16 other companies, including retailers, suppliers, and aquaculture feed manufacturers from Europe and North America, have participated.

Other ODP participants in North America include Canadian seafood supplier Tradex Foods, US retailers Publix Supermarkets, Walmart, Giant Eagle, and Meijer, and US seafood supplier North Atlantic, Inc.

“It is great to have Albion Farms & Fisheries participate in the ODP for a second year,” said Tania Woodcock, ODP’s Project Manager. “Their experiences demonstrate just how useful a transparency process like the ODP can be for the reporting business as well as interested stakeholders.”

Established in 2015 by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) is a global platform for voluntary disclosure of seafood sourcing. The ODP is dedicated to increasing transparency in seafood supply chains by encouraging seafood-buying companies to publicly report on the seafood they source. The ODP provides a common template through which companies can report the fisheries they source from, alongside information on the provenance, stock status and management, and environmental impact (including impacts on protected, endangered, and threatened species, bycatch, and benthic impacts) of these fisheries. This information is used to create annual profiles reflecting the company’s sourcing from the previous year, which are then published on the ODP website, www.oceandisclosureproject.org.