We Care About Where We Get Our Seafood
We source seafood from well-managed fisheries.
We're committed to healthy oceans and rivers.
Seafood that doesn't meet our sourcing standards is not sold in our markets.
Sourcing Policies by Species
These policies were written specifically for these products, because they pose sustainability concerns.
Environmental stewardship is a core value at Town & Country Markets. When it comes to seafood, those two simple words mean we are committed to healthy oceans and rivers and truly understanding how our choices impact oceans and rivers.
Choosing to get our seafood from sustainable sources is a challenging and ongoing commitment that we take seriously. We continually evaluate our seafood to make sure it comes from well-managed fisheries and farms that maintain resilient fish populations and nourish healthy ecosystems. We believe in building strong, long-term relationships with our sources to ensure we’re dealing with accurate information. And we partner with local and international fishing communities and business for whom responsible sourcing is a priority.
In articulating our commitment and policies, we sought sustainability information from leading environmental organizations against which we could benchmark our purchasing. We evaluated our purchasing against data from each organization to provide us with the most in-depth and up-to-date sustainability information available.
We included information from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, the Marine Stewardship Council, The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices Certification and the NOAA Fisheries Fish Stock Sustainability Index.
In the fact of 2018, we ceased selling king salmon from the Oregon, Washington and British Columbia coasts, and continued selling king caught in the well-managed, sustainable Alaska fisheries. The portion of non-Alaskan salmon carried by Town & Country has always been minimal, said the company’s Seafood Specialist Michael Fodness. “But, the fact that these fish are in the feeding territory of the southern resident killer whales prompted us to discontinue even that minimal amount.”
Continuing concern over the fate of the southern resident killer whales has pointed out that a lack of king salmon is one of the factor's contributing to the pod’s decline, along with human activity and water quality. The Northern Resident whales are thriving. They have less human activity, higher water quality and ample fish.
We source seafood from well-managed fisheries
that maintain resilient fish populations,
and farms that nourish healthy ecosystems.
- We buy the highest quality seafood available in all categories.
- We continually evaluate our seafood to ensure it comes from well-managed fisheries and farms.
- We do not purchase any seafood that comes from illegal, unregulated and unreported fisheries.
- We support our local fishing communities and their economies by purchasing the majority of our seafood from Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
- We educate our staff so they are able to help customers make informed purchasing decisions.
- We stay connected to sustainable seafood issues and practices with information from leading environmental organizations, including Fishchoice.
- We build strong, long-term relationships with our vendors to ensure adherence to our sourcing policies.
We employ these practices to ensure that the seafood we offer our customers fulfills our commitment to support sustainable seafood practices and outcomes.
- Review of New Items: Before new items are approved for sale in our markets, they are reviewed against our sourcing policies to ensure they meet our standards. If they do not, they are not sold in our stores.
- Spot Checks: Spot checks are done at regular intervals in each market to confirm that we are properly implementing our sourcing policies.
- Continuous Learning: We keep ourselves apprised of the latest information related to sustainable seafood, and use it to evolve our commitment over time.
Our Methods and Approach
We believe it’s essential to gather all available information about the sustainability of our products, so we looked to leading environmental organizations for information when we took this work on. Evaluating our purchasing against data from each organization enabled us to make the most strategic decisions possible when it comes to sourcing our seafood.