December 10, 2019


UK's JCS Fish gets transparent about farmed fish's origins



UK-based salmon specialist JCS Fish has become the first seafood supplier to voluntarily disclose information about the origins of its farmed salmon and trout products.


The family-owned firm has published an Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) profile containing a list of its farmed seafood sources alongside information on the country of origin, certification, and environmental impact of farmed production.


Jack Coulbeck, commercial manager for JCS Fish, said: "We are delighted to share our sourcing data through the ODP. People are increasingly interested in the provenance of their food and we believe transparency is vital to ensure our customers rely on us for responsibly-sourced fish. We have already committed to use only Global GAP (GGN) certified salmon in our BigFish brand and across the business, 91% of our salmon is from certified farms. We expect to reach 100% certified within the next six months."


Tania Woodcock, project manager for the ODP, said: "We are pleased to welcome JCS Fish to the Ocean Disclosure Project as the first seafood supplier to disclose its farmed sources. The company's commitment to responsibly farmed seafood is clear from its profile, which highlights the high proportion of farmed seafood sourced from farms certified to a recognised standard."


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership started the ODP in 2015 to provide a valuable information resource for responsible investors, seafood consumers, and others interested in sustainable seafood. To date, 22 other companies including retailers, suppliers and aquaculture feed manufacturers from Europe, North America and Australia have participated. Other ODP participants include seafood suppliers Albion Farms & Fisheries, Joseph Robertson, North Atlantic Inc, and Tradex Foods.


- The Fish Site