Phillips Foods has announced a dynamic partnership to support the mission of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to improve the world’s fisheries.

This new partnership reinforces Phillips commitment to global seafood sustainability. Retroactive to the start of 2012, Phillips Foods will donate three cents per pound to SFP for all fish products sold worldwide.

Phillips Foods has also presented the leadership of SFP with a check for USD 5,000 at The Boston International Seafood Show on Sunday.

Operators purchasing Phillips Foods seafood products (initially includes Mahi, Tuna, Snapper and Grouper) will be supporting sustainable seafood efforts through this innovative funding concept.

Steve Phillips, President and CEO of Phillips Foods, said: “SFP was the logical choice for our continued commitment to global sustainability. We recognize the importance of investing in fisheries to put them on the road to sustainability. SFP has tremendous experience working with fisheries to improve them as they have a great track record with us already in improving our source crab fisheries throughout Asia.”

“SFP is honored to be the recipient of Phillips Foods commitment to global sustainability to fund fisheries improvement programs” noted Jim Cannon, CEO of SFP. “We believe that industry should play a key role in improving the fisheries on which they depend, and Phillips continues to demonstrate not only leadership, but a strong and tangible commitment to sustainable fisheries.” 

In addition, all products under the Seawings™ fish platform (the exclusive seafood brand Phillips sells to Sysco) will trigger a donation of three cents per pound sold to be donated to SFP.

Ed Rhodes, Phillips Vice President for Sustainability, added “this funding source will help SFP continue and extend their efforts to transition fisheries to sustainability. We are excited to announce this program today and hope this inspires other companies as well. Our vision coupled with SFP is one of healthy marine ecosystems, sustainable seafood supplies and a thriving, responsible seafood economy.”