One of the 10 largest super markets in the United States, with stores in seven states in the southeast, Publix has approached seafood sustainability as a journey, with a commitment to support continuous improvement in its source fisheries.
A key focus for Publix has been engagement with its suppliers to support and promote fisheries sustainability. As part of this focus, Publix hosts supplier summits at its headquarters to set goals and expectations round sustainability with its suppliers.
- Publix was an early supporter of fishery improvement projects (FIP) in the Gulf of Mexico, requesting its shrimp and snapper-grouper suppliers to participate in early FIPs more than a decade ago.
- Publix works with SFP to annually evaluate its seafood sources, based on FishSource scores, FIPs, and certifications. In 2017, the company became the first US super market to publicly disclose its seafood sourcing through the Ocean Disclosure Project.
- To more fully identify potential supply chain risks, SFP, in conjunction with Birdlife International and Whale and Dolphin Conservation, conducted a bycatch audit of the risks to ocean wildlife in Publix’s source fisheries in 2022. Publix was the first US retailer to participate in the bycatch audit.
- In 2021, Publix financially supported a tagging project to better understand mahi-mahi distribution and migration patterns in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. And in 2022, the company donated funds to equip five mahi-mahi vessels with electronic monitoring systems, to collect better data on bycatch of marine wildlife.
- Publix worked with its supplier to get a FIP started in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery, where fishers are testing new and emerging technologies to reduce right whale entanglements. To further support these efforts, Publix purchased and donated 12 on-demand (ropeless) gear systems, enough to equip six vessels, to the Northeast Fishery Science Center Gear Library, which lends gear for free to fishers to pilot and test.
- Publix is partnering with SFP and Thai Union to design and test the use of universal fishery IDs in the Philippines blue swimming crab supply chain
“It is important to Publix that we support and assist seafood industry leaders so that meaningful and lasting steps can be taken to protect marine life while allowing for the responsible and sustainable harvesting of seafood.”
– Guy Pizzuti, business development director of seafood, Publix
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