Sustainable Seafood

Sustainable Seafood

100% of our fresh and frozen seafood comes from sustainable fisheries or responsibly managed farms and today our award-winning range of sustainable seafood is one of the largest on offer in the UK.

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At Lidl GB, our principles of responsible fish and seafood sourcing are to ensure that the fish sold within our product ranges are sourced from the healthiest stocks possible using the least destructive fishing methods, with high regard for both environmental and social standards. Safe-guarding fish stocks for the future is an issue we are passionate about and we are proud of the progress we have made.

Through our commitment to Ocean Disclosure Project, we are transparent about where we source our fish from, and report this information on an annual basis, which can be reviewed here.

In addition to this we have recently shared information on our Deluxe Scottish salmon supply chain.

Download our Sustainable Fish & Seafood Policy
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Working with the industry

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For over 10 years, we’ve been working with our suppliers and wider industry partners to guide our buying practices, to shape a more sustainable fishing industry and safeguard future supplies. We are proud to offer independently certified sustainable fish and seafood from: MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council), BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) and Global Gap.

Fishery Improvement Projects

Project UK is a collaboration between the fishing sector, NGO’s and the seafood supply chain, aiming to improve the sustainability of UK fisheries, through implementing Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). The FIPs enable continuous progression and advance fisheries to meet the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards through bespoke action plans which address improvement areas.
At Lidl GB we encourage suppliers to support FIPs as part of their sustainability strategy and risk assessment procedures. In 2018 we made a 5-year commitment to contribute towards the funding of the Project UK Fisheries Improvements Stage 2 (PUKFI S2) project. This project will support the long-term sustainable sourcing of Nephrops in the North Sea (Northern NS and Southern NS), Irish Sea and West of Scotland.

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Responsible Fishing Scheme

We have committed to supporting Responsible Fishing Scheme by using our influence to aid the scheme’s expansion. We recognise that the RFS can become an effective mechanism through which the UK supply chain can establish the assurance it needs regarding responsible fishing practices. Find out more here.

Sustainable Seafood Coalition

We are a member of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), which means we have committed to implementing two codes within our seafood supply chains:

  • The Responsible Sourcing Code
  • The Environmental Labelling Code

These codes are tools for change and contribute to the vision that all fish and seafood sold in the UK comes from sustainable sources. Find out more here.

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Government Advocacy

Industry letter to the Thai Government

Earlier this year, Lidl GB were a signatory to a letter sent to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand. This letter expressed support to the Thai government for their efforts in the Thai fishery reforms, focussed on safe-guarding the marine environment, as well as protecting workers from exploitation in seafood supply chains.

Some of our achievements

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Winner MSC Marketing Campaign 2019

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Winner MSC Mid-Sized Retailer of the Year 2019

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Winner MSC Mid-Sized Retailer of the Year 2018

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Winner MSC Marketing Campaign 2017

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Winner MSC Mid-Sized Retailer of the Year 2017

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Winner MSC Mid-Sized Retailer of the Year 2016

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