UK’s second-largest supermarket, Asda, has pledged its commitment to safeguarding endangered, threatened, and protected (ETP) marine species and prevent them from entering its seafood supply chain. This guarantee came after consultation with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and other environmental NGOs on bycatch.
Asda’s initiative includes implementing best practices to reduce harm to ETP species, not sourcing fish caught using gillnets, and supporting 100 percent observer coverage on all types of tuna vessels in the long-term. Currently, almost all purse seiners have observer coverage across the various oceans. The retailer will roll out its commitments during 2021. According to SFP’s report last September, Asda has 22 tuna sources from among its seafood origins which utilize various gears.