Fish & Co is the first ‘certified sustainable’ seafood cafe in NSW.
Our restaurant has been certified sustainable by the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council).
The MSC sets and maintains the standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. These standards are helping to make global seafood markets more sustainable. The MSC recognise and reward fisheries that fish sustainably, work with fisheries and commercial partners to build a market for sustainable seafood and give buyers and consumers an easy way to find seafood from a sustainable fishery – the blue MSC ecolabel.
For Fish & Co, sustainable seafood means wild caught fish and seafood sourced from fisheries that are committed to sustainable fishing practices. It is important to us that the fish we sell to our customers are those that we can provide responsibly and well into the future.
Our seafood is sourced from MSC certified fisheries or fisheries endorsed as sustainable by Cleanfish Australia.
Our seafood wholesaler, Joto, owned and managed by a reputable fishmonger Jules Crocker has developed the Cleanfish program.
Jules has invested a significant amount of time, energy and funds into the seafood sustainability space. Some of the work undertaken has been researching individual fisheries, investigating species, developing and trialing our own certification program with independent auditing and participating in existing programs such as MSC. This investment has given us a thorough understanding of the space in the Australian context from a number of perspectives throughout the chain whether the stakeholder be primary producer, distribution, end user food service and retail, general public or NGO.
They assess both marine capture (wild caught) and aquaculture (farm) fisheries for a sustainability profile relying on and work with the following agencies when making an assessment:
• The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
• Friends Of The Sea (FOS)
• GlobalGAP (GGAP)
• Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
• United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO)
This audit framework initiative is called The Cleanfish Australia Endorsement program. This regime has been developed by us and focuses on the following four primary areas:
1. Animal health and welfare
2. Food safety
3. Environmental integrity
4. Socio-economic aspects
All the seafood we sell to our customers comes with assurance that it is sustainably sourced and traceable back to the fishery it was sourced from.
First we try and source wild caught seafood locally from NSW which is generally our Fish of the Day special and sometimes school prawns, then we move interstate for more variety: Yellow Eye Mullet and Mulloway from the Coorong, Albacore Tuna from Queensland, from interstate we go to the pristine waters of our neighbours in New Zealand where their fish stocks are much more plentiful than NSW waters and then we source some species from international waters – Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, Patagonian Toothfish, Canadian Lobster & scallops and South African Hake.
Why do we import?
Because Australian waters are not as productive as you may think and Australia exports the majority of our seafood for a very high profit it makes the price point prohibitive to sell to Australian consumers.
We understand importing comes with a carbon footprint, however, this footprint is reduced when transported by sea and we only choose to import from the MSC certified fisheries.
We provide our customers with assurance that we have thoroughly researched our chosen species, tried to stay local, thought about our carbon footprint and are determined to remain wild caught, sustainable and fully traceable at all times.
If we look after the oceans the fish will do the rest for nothing.