We Care About Where We Get Our Seafood

 

We source seafood from well-managed fisheries.

 

We're committed to healthy oceans and rivers.

 

Spawning trout

 

Seafood that doesn't meet our sourcing standards is not sold in our markets.

Editor's Note: Now that we've completed our Seafood Sustainability work, we're in the process of training and working with our employees, department managers and vendors. Until that is completed, there may be a gap between this, our goal, and our markets. We're working to close that gap.

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.

Our Commitment

We source seafood from well-managed fisheries

that maintain resilient fish populations,

and farms that nourish healthy ecosystems.

Our Principles

  • 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.
     

Our Practices

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.

Pacific Salmon
Chinook, Chum, Pink, Coho, Sockeye Town & Country is committed to sourcing salmon from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. These fisheries are well managed by their regional governments and the fish populations are considered to be healthy.
Yellowfin Tuna
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – Long Line, Troll, Pole USA – Hawaii, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico
Canada – Atlantic
Wild – Hand Line, Pole, Troll Worldwide
Swordfish
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – Hand Line, Harpoon, Drift Gill Net, Long Line USA (including Hawaii) and Canada
Wild – Hand Line, Harpoon Worldwide
Chilean Sea Bass
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – MSC* Certified Worldwide
Wild – Longline Heard Island, McDonald Island, Falkland Islands, Macquerie Island, South Georgia, Kerguelen Islands
*MSC = Marine Stewardship Council https://www.msc.org
Mahi Mahi
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – Long Line, Hand Line United States, Ecuador
Wahoo
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – Long Line, Hand Line United States
Opah
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – Long Line, Hand Line United States
White Shrimp (Farmed)
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch or Farming Method Origin
Farmed – BAP* Certified Two-Star or higher Worldwide
Farmed – ASC** Certified Worldwide
*BAP= Best Aquaculture Practices (http://bap.gaalliance.org)
**ASC = Aquaculture Stewardship Council (http://www.asc-aqua.org)
Black Tiger Shrimp (Farmed) We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch or Farming Method Origin
Farmed – BAP Certified Two-Star or Higher Worldwide
Farmed – ASC Certified Worldwide
*BAP= Best Aquaculture Practices (http://bap.gaalliance.org)
**ASC = Aquaculture Stewardship Council (http://www.asc-aqua.org)
Gulf Shrimp (White, Brown and Pink Shrimp)
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch or Farming Method Origin
Wild – Trawl, Skim-Net United States Gulf of Mexico. All boats MUST be using TEDs (Turtle Excluder Devices).
Mexican White Shrimp (Wild)
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch or Farming Method Origin
Wild – Gillnet caught Mexico – Gulf of California and Bahia de Magdalena. Only from boats participating in SFP Fishery Improvement Projects which have proven they have no interaction with the vaquita dolphin population.
Atlantic Cod
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – MSC* Certified Worldwide
Wild – United States USA – Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine Preferably from the Gulf of Maine, which receives a NOAA** FishWatch score of 2 out of 4.
*MSC = Marine Stewardship Council
**NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration FishWatch (https://www.fishwatch.gov/about)
Tilapia
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Farmed – Ponds USA (including Hawaii), Canada, China, Taiwan and Ecuador.
Farmed – ASC* Certified Worldwide
Farmed – BAP** Certified Worldwide
*ASC = Aquaculture Stewardship Council (http://www.asc-aqua.org)
**BAP = Best Aquaculture Practices (http://bap.gaalliance.org)
Rockfish
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – Longline, Trawl, Hand Line Alaska
Species:
Rougheye Rockfish
Blackspotted Rockfish
Dusky Rockfish
Shortraker Rockfish
Shortspine Thornyhead Rockfish
Wild – Long Line, Trawl, Hand Line Washington, Oregon, California
Species:
Aurora Rockfish
Black Rockfish
Blackgill Rockfish
Blue Rockfish
Bocacio Rockfish
Chilipepper Rockfish
China Rockfish
Darkblotched Rockfish
Greenstriped Rockfish
Rougheye Rockfish
Splitnose Rockfish
Longspine Thornyhead Rockfish
Shortspine Thornyhead Rockfish
Widow Rockfish
Yellowtail Rockfish
Wild – Hand Line Washington, Oregon, California
Species:
Brown Rockfish
Wild – Trawl British Columbia
Species:
Canary Rockfish
Copper Rockfish
Wild – Long Line, Hand Line British Columbia
Species:
Copper Rockfish
Wild – Long Line, Hand Line Washington, Oregon, California
Species:
ermillion Rockfish
*MSC = Marine Stewardship Council (https://www.msc.org/)
Sturgeon/Caviar (White, Beluga, Atlantic, Russian)
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Farmed – Ponds, Raceways, Tanks United States, Canada
Red King Crab We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – Pot/Trap Alaska
Preferably from Bristol Bay or Norton Sound, which receive a NOAA FishWatch* score of 4 out of 4.
*NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration FishWatch (https://www.fishwatch.gov/about)
Red Crayfish
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Farm-raised – All Farming Methods United States
Wild – Trap caught Louisiana
Octopus
Subspecies: Common Octopus, Day Octopus, Giant Octopus, California Two-Spot, Grass Octopus, Hubb’s Octopus, Ornate Octopus, Red Octopus
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – All fishing methods Mexico – Gulf of California Species: California Two-Spot Octopus, Grass Octopus, Hubb’s Octopus, Red Octopus
Wild – Trap, Trawl Spain Species: Common Octopus
Wild – Lure and Line, Spear USA – Hawaii Species: Day Octopus, Ornate Octopus
Wild – Diver-caught, Trap British Columbia Species: Giant Octopus
Caribbean Spiny Lobster and California Spiny Lobster
We source only from the following fisheries:
Catch/Farm Method Origin
Wild – Trap caught (in conventional or alternative, ‘casita’* traps) Bahamas
Wild – Conventional Trap Caught USA – Florida
Wild – Caught in ‘Casitas’* (alternative traps) Mexico – Yucatan
Wild – Conventional Trap Caught USA – California
Wild – Conventional Trap Caught Mexico – Baja California
* Casitas are alternative traps used throughout Latin America. For more information, see http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/building-a-better-lobster-trap

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