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Tesco awarded MSC UK Supermarket of the Year!

The world’s oceans are facing many challenges: overfishing, pollution, increasing temperatures, acidification. To address these challenges it’s never been more important for us to play our part in managing global fish stocks, and ensure we source the wild fish we offer in a sustainable way.

It’s a responsibility we take very seriously – as part of our Little Helps Plan, we’ve committed to sourcing all our wild fish from sustainable sources.  This also helps deliver Sustainable Development Goal 14 on conserving and sustainably using our oceans.

This commitment has led us to work in partnership with our suppliers to deliver more sustainable seafood to our customers. We work with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to deliver on our shared vision of “oceans teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations”.

Choosing sustainable seafood can help to incentivise and reward responsible fishers doing their part to achieve this vision. By labelling our MSC products with their ecolabel, we can help customers make sustainable choices when buying their seafood.

The range of MSC certified products in Tesco has grown from 33% in 2017 to 69% today. Our progress on certification was recognised at the MSC award ceremony this week where we were named MSC Supermarket of the Year in the UK.

The demand for certified sustainable seafood is leading to real improvements in our seas and oceans. Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs) which aim to reach MSC certification are increasing across the world. We are currently actively participating in several FIPs making sure the industry is improving where it’s most needed.  One of the FIPs we’re playing a part in developing is the TUNACONS FIP in Ecuador, where we source our FAD-free Own Brand canned tuna. This FIP is rated as “A – Advanced” on Fisheryprogress.org and is expected to reach certification next year.

We want to do even more to ensure we’re sourcing all our fish sustainably. Tesco has been a partner of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) since 2011, helping them create and encourage the use of FIPs. For more information on where we source our fish, you can visit the Ocean Disclosure Project website where all of our wild fish sources are publicly available.

We recognise that achieving this vision of oceans teeming with life will require more than certification.  Better marine governance is needed for regional fisheries and in international waters.  We will continue to contribute to advocating for marine protected areas and science-based harvest control measures.  Our partnership with WWF provides an additional platform to work towards this vision.

We invite our customers to get on board with us.  Why don’t you try our recently MSC certified Tesco Southern Fried Haddock Goujons, our Tesco Smoked Haddock En Croute, or our Tesco Finest Skinless & Boneless Cod Loins for a nutritious, delicious and sustainable meal!

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