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Wild Capture Seafood

Wild Capture Seafood

This is the harvesting of naturally occurring fish and seafood in marine and freshwater environments.

Our range of wild capture seafood covers more than 50+ species each of which can be found either in store or as part of our customer order at fish bar service.

A large number of the species that we stock are sourced from the productive mixed species fishery in the South West of England which includes scallops, sprats, gurnard, pouting and four species of ray.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

We partner with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) who helps to inform us in our seafood source risk assessments.

Where issues are identified we work with our suppliers to address them and details of our source fisheries, their issues and a full summary of what Morrisons is doing can be found in our Ocean Disclosure Project first published in 2015 based on what we bought in 2014

Visit the Ocean Disclosure Project

Morrisons Tuna Policy

Our tuna policy is also to only buy from pole and line vessels or from fishing methods that do not rely on the use of Fishery Aggregation Devices (FADs). Tuna, unlike some of our other seafood species, is highly migratory, managed on a regional level and a relatively expensive commodity.

For these reasons alone tuna supply chains are at high risk of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing which not only leaves the species at risk of over fishing but also removes livelihood from legitimate fishers.

Our ambition is that all of our tuna supply vessels are independently assessed and listed on the Proactive Vessel Register which is an initiative of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and audits the legal compliance of tuna fishing vessels.

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Seafish Industry Authority

Due to the large range of species that we purchase from the South West of England we have a number of species that some do not believe are "sustainable".

Not being sustainable is in many cases purely due to a lack of scientific knowledge and data being available on which to make an informed scientific decision.

Factors influencing this are generally economic and to address this scenario we have worked with our suppliers and Seafish Industry Authority to carry out an Ecological Risk Based Analysis of them.

Visit the Seafish website

This approach allows us to base the impacts of the fishing activity in the area we buy from on the overall fish stock to inform what steps need to be taken.

By continuing to buy these species we are able to support the local fishing industry to fill the data gaps to remove the "unsustainable" label whilst also providing species to our customer which others might not choose to stock.

Seafood industry working conditions

An important part of our approach is to not only ensure that the people employed within our seafood supply chains are paid fairly and given safe working conditions but also have the opportunity to work in the industry of their choice.

Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme

The fishing industry is recognised as being one of the most dangerous not just here in the UK but all over the world. In 2012 we committed to source all our UK caught and landed wild capture seafood from Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme certified vessels.

As we sell imported seafood as well we work with Seafish to explore Vessel Improvement Projects and the adoption of the scheme internationally.

Transparency and visibility of seafood supply chains isn’t always easy to achieve but understanding that without it we aren’t able to assess the work and living conditions of the people employed within them has focused our work in this area.

Visit the RFS website

In 2015 the Morrisons Foundation provided funding to The Fishermen’s Mission. This funding provides training and equipment to young people who did not otherwise have the means to join the UK fishing fleet.

Visit the Morrisons Foundation website

Working with organisations and authorities

In addition to the South West we also buy regionally across the UK. The UK fishing industry is committed to addressing many of the concerns that we and our customers have about the fish they eat.

As a British retailer a lot of time is spent working with the national fishing producer organisations and local inshore fishery conservation authorities to inform their work; support it with in-kind help and also financially.

Examples of this are:

Shark By Watch

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Bangor University Channel Scallop PhD

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North Sea cod MSC pre-assessment and more recently Project UK

Project UK is a collective approach to improve selective UK plaice, lemon sole, and monkfish,and lobster, scallop and crab fisheries.