July 15, 2020
Thai Union Group welcomes yellow 'Good Alternative' rating for Thai farmed shrimp
The Thai Union Group welcomed the yellow "Good Alternative" rating for Thai farmed shrimp given earlier this month by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, which evaluates the ecological sustainability of wild-caught and farmed seafood commonly found in the US marketplace.
With the new rating Thailand's shrimp industry graduates from its previous red "Avoid" rating.
Seafood Watch said its new Good Alternative rating for Thai farmed shrimp means "there's still substantial room for improvement".
Thai Union said in a news release Monday, July 13, that Seafood Watch's latest rating recognises the improvements in the sustainability of feed ingredients, but notes that there is continued effort needed to make Thai fisheries more sustainable.
"For Thailand to reach the coveted [green] Best Choice rating, the [Seafood Watch] report indicates that local implementation and enforcement of laws, ranging from farm effluent to fishery management, need to continue to improve, in line with science and best practice", the Thai company said.
Dr. Darian McBain, global director of corporate affairs and sustainability at Thai Union, said the company continues to work with partners including the Royal Thai Government to help move shrimp from Thailand toward a Best Choice rating.
Thai Union is also collaborating with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) to increase the number of certified shrimp farms in Thailand.
"At Thai Union, we take our commitment to sustainable seafood incredibly seriously," McBain said. "We are proud to be a global leader in seafood sustainability and we are continually exploring how we can ensure that the products we deliver to our customers around the world are being responsibily sourced".
Thai Union is the No. 1 shrimp exporter in Thailand, and the US and Japan are the two biggest markets for Thai shrimp.