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Seafood Sustainability

Buy-Low Foods has undertaken a long-term and constantly evolving approach to ensuring our Seafood Departments promote and carry the most sustainable and ocean-friendly options available.

Starting in 2013, Buy-Low Foods partnered with SeaChoice, an organization which helped Canadian businesses and shoppers take an active role in supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture at all levels of the seafood supply chain. Together, the two organizations developed a robust sustainable seafood commitment based on the Conservation Alliance's Common Vision for Sustainable Seafood. In November 2015, just two short years after publicly announcing that we would replace all red-listed SeaChoice “Avoid” seafood from our fresh and frozen departments with ocean-friendly alternatives, Buy-Low Foods celebrated successfully achieving that robust seafood commitment months before its projected deadline, becoming the first retailer in North America to do so. Since 2018, Buy-Low Foods has continued to work with SeaChoice, now as part of their Seafood Progress Initiative. You can find out more at seachoice.org.

Buy-Low Foods currently uses the Seafood Watch Organization’s seafood guide rankings and continues our commitment to not sell any product in our Seafood Department that is “Red-Listed” by this organization. For further information please see seafoodwatch.org.

Also since 2018, Buy-Low foods has partnered with the Ocean Wise Global Conservation Organization to promote sustainable choices. The Ocean Wise symbol on a seafood item means it is ocean-friendly. Ocean Wise is a seafood conservation program that makes it easy for consumers to choose sustainable seafood for the long-term health of our oceans. For further information on the Ocean Wise program, please see seafood.ocean.org

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