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Sustainable Seafood from SPAR

21 September 2016

SPAR understands that if we are to ensure the survival of our marine ecosystems and continue to enjoy seafood, we need to ensure that our SPAR private label seafood is responsibly procured and supports sustainable and well-managed fisheries and aquaculture operations.

Below are the sources of our private label fish and seafood and the steps we take to ensure sustainability.

Canned Tuna 

SPAR Private Label canned tuna products are bought from canneries / processors who are ISSF participating companies (members of the International Seafood Sustainability Association (ISSA) - These companies go through an annual review to ensure that they are meeting the ISSF conservation measures which, in the long term, aim to transition global fisheries to a point where they will be compliant with the ASC standard for sustainable wild-capture fisheries. To track these companies’ progress, SPAR requests and reviews a copy of the annual ISSF company report and works with our supplier to address any areas of non-compliance.
All tuna in SPAR Private Label canned tuna products is traceable back to the boat that caught it.  SPAR, together with its supplier and source cannery / processor has ensured that all source vessels supplying tuna for its canned tuna products are registered on the ProActive Vessel Register (PVR)This enables SPAR to have line of sight of on-the-water practices of all source tuna vessels that provide raw material for the SPAR Private Label canned tuna products thus enabling SPAR to verify each batch of canned tuna that it procures.


Norwegian Salmon

Although SPAR currently procures farmed Norwegian Salmon which is on the SASSI orange-list we are implementing a procurement strategy that aligns with the SASSI procurement guideline for Salmon. Currently all Norwegian salmon procured for SPAR Private label products come from farms that are affiliated to the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI - These farms have committed to work towards meeting the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard for responsible aquaculture by 2020. SPAR has full traceability back to all source farms and is annually tracking progress of these farms towards their 2020 ASC target.


Namibian Hake 

SPAR currently procures trawled hake from Namibia and uses it in its SPAR baby hake and SPAR prime hake fillets. Namibian hake is currently on the WWF-SASSI Orange-list and does not meet SPAR’s commitments to sustainable seafood. SPAR therefore, in addition to proactively engaging with the Namibian Hake Association to request that they work towards implementing a Fishery Improvement Project, intends to shift our procurement strategy for SPAR Brand Hake products to South African green listed hake. SPAR believes that by staying partially engaged with the Namibian fishery beyond our seafood sustainability target date we can play a role in incentivising improvement.  That being said, the expectation is that the Namibian Hake Trawl fishery implement steps to meet SPAR’s commitments to sustainable seafood by August 2016 and that a commitment towards this process is received from the Namibian Hake Association by the end of March 2015.



SPAR currently buys prawns caught in Argentina and Mozambique; and farmed in India. Although farmed prawns are on the SASSI orange-list we are implementing a procurement strategy that aligns with SASSI procurement guidelines for prawns. This means that by January 2017 all prawns in SPAR Private Label products will come from farms that have met one of the following criteria: SPAR has full traceability back to all source farms and is annually tracking progress of AIPs to ensure that all farms who have submitted a formal written commitment to achieving compliance with the ASC standard are reaching their stated goals. 

See also:
Sustainable Seafood Policy
Link to SASSI retailer/supplier participants

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