We focus our seafood sourcing efforts on providing our customers with the best products and great variety while
being good stewards of the environment. We go to great lengths to ensure that all of our seafood comes from legal
fisheries, and we source domestically whenever possible. However, the seafood industry is such that we must source
product from all over the world.
Our focus on sustainability has led Publix to meet with many different non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and to form partnerships in some cases. For example, we support the Ocean Trust, an award-winning ocean conservation foundation that provides a link to sustainable fisheries. Our support and the support of other like-minded companies have helped the Ocean Trust complete various projects focused on education, research and restoration. We also form close partnerships with our suppliers who understand their long-term success is dependent on sustaining the ocean's fisheries.
Publix does not currently participate in any seafood eco-labeling programs. The labels, which are meant to inform consumers about products that are sustainable, can be confusing because of inconsistencies between programs. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is perhaps the best known of all the labeling programs, but the cost of certification is too much for many small industry fisheries. Publix currently offers several MSC certified seafood products, such as Patagonian Bay Scallops, Alaskan Coho, King and Sockeye Salmon, Alaskan Pollock, Halibut and Sablefish. However, we do not use the MSC labeling.
We would like the opportunity to answer any questions you have regarding our sustainable seafood practices. If the information provided does not answer your question, please feel free to contact us for additional information.