Aquaculture is the term used for species that are farmed; for Thai Union this includes salmon, shrimp and tilapia. We are committed to source at least 75% of our branded aquaculture raw materials in Thailand from certified sources by 2020.
However, as is the case with tuna, aquaculture has a complicated supply chain and a huge amount of work is required to achieve our goal. We have a significant plan in place however, and are investing heavily in improving standards and certification of aquaculture, increasing the amount of fish we source from internationally certified aquaculture operations, and developing full and effective traceability.
A fully traceable supply chain is important as it allows us to identify and, crucially, eliminate the risks of being associated with human rights and labor abuses.
And, traceability also helps to promote transparency and contribute to the development of ethically sourced seafood. We can trace our farmed species all the back to the farm, the hatchery where the fry was bred, and the mill that supplied the feed. In addition, we are currently developing systems to map fair labor throughout our aquaculture supply chains.
We are committed to developing innovative electronic systems that, at the touch of a button, track our farmed seafood back to source.
Aquaculture is important to the world: it provides high quality, nutritious and affordable seafood products for families worldwide; it has a significantly lower carbon footprint than other sources of protein; and it can provide farmers with a strong source of income.
Thai Union is committed to supporting innovations that will increase the supply of sustainable, convenient and quality farmed seafood products to consumers around the globe.
Making sure the products we source adhere to recognized standards is important as it ensures our seafood products meet rigorous standards for quality, safety, and environmental and social responsibilities.
We think this is what our consumers want and deserve. We will source raw materials from suppliers that operate certification and labelling schemes recognized by the Global Seafood Sustainability Alliance (GSSI).
We are committed to source at least 75% of our branded aquaculture raw materials in Thailand from certified sources by 2020.
AIPs draw together farmers, industry, researchers, governments and NGOs to help improve farm practices and management.
Through a transparent and comprehensive approach, AIPs will increase the sustainability of aquaculture operations so that they meet the requirements of internationally recognized aquaculture standards.
Aquaculture species require feed that is specially formulated to contain all the nutrients needed to maintain the health and growth of the fish, as well as maintain the human health benefits of seafood consumption.
Fishmeal is a common and highly nutritious ingredient of aquaculture feed; it is produced from either small fish that have been caught in the wild or from the by-products of fish processing facilities. We will source fishmeal for aquaculture feed from either fisheries that are participating in a Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) or from feed sources that are IFFO certified.
We are committed to eliminating wild caught fishmeal from the feed we produce in Thailand by 2020, and investing significantly to identify more sustainable alternatives globally.