Our fish and seafood come from numerous sources, including wild fisheries in oceans and aquaculture farms around the world. We require all of our suppliers to be actively committed to responsible sourcing.
Our fish sticks to regulations
We strive to ensure our fish and seafood are responsibly sourced. We are constantly looking for new ways to tackle challenges such as labour conditions, fishing practices, traceability and verification of species, country and fishery or origin.
Keeping fishy practices out
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a key environmental challenge facing us all.
In line with the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard (pdf, 2Mb) we work with our suppliers to source from origins employing responsible fishing practices.
We make every effort to avoid seafood from IUU fishing practices. We also embargo species identified as being ‘critically endangered’ or ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Appendix I.
We also aim to ensure that our seafood purchases:
- are not caught with highly destructive fishing gear or methods
- don’t come from ‘no-take zones’ or Marine Protected Areas
- don’t come from vessels practising trans-shipment at sea.
In the UK and Ireland we source fish and seafood for our pet food products.
Identifying the precise sources for fish and seafood is difficult. For pet food, which primarily uses fish by-products, traceability is even more challenging as the typical traceability mechanisms for whole fish do not suffice.
So why do we use fish by-products in our pet food?
All of Nestlé Purina’s pet food products follow complete and balanced recipes that meet the nutritional needs of dogs and cats at each life stage and for many health conditions.
Working with our suppliers, we are moving towards a future where we can verify that the fish and seafood we source come from fisheries and farms that are engaged in improvement projects.
Over 500 Nestlé Purina animal experts are behind the creation of our recipes to provide perfectly balanced pet nutrition. Some of these recipes include the use of fish by-products, which are nutrient-dense. Fish by-products are parts of a fish that remain after the fish fillets are removed for the human food supply chain. In addition to being nutritionally beneficial, the utilization of fish by-products represents an environmentally and socially responsible practice, by using all the protein sources of a fish while not competing with the human food supply.