August 12, 2010
I have taken the last few weeks to discuss Pacific Seafood’s “Pacific Advantage.” In addition to stewardship and sustainability, quality assurance and traceability are the last two components of our Pacific Advantage mission. Quality assurance and traceability go hand-in-hand.
A key element to Pacific Seafood’s traceability methods is a system we developed called the Automated Production Control (APC). APC tracks seafood from vessel to delivery with a labeling and fish ticket function. As a result we are able to track a fish every step of the way with great detail. APC allows us to keep food safety standards at the highest level in the industry. Knowing where your seafood came from and where it has been before it reaches your table is very important to our team.
Other programs and measures we take to ensure quality seafood include:
• Becoming a founding member of NFI Better Seafood Board for ethical industry practices
• Initiating the first public-private partnership for enhancing food safety program in the State of Alaska
• An established quality assurance program which includes ongoing audits, weekly performance reviews, and constant ongoing training
Pacific Seafood’s mission is to proactively offer the safest possible seafood to the market and consistently strive for zero percent defects in our processing standards. We will continue to strive to be industry leaders and innovators when it comes to quality assurance and traceability.
July 28, 2010
The next key element in Pacific Seafood’s Pacific Advantage initiative is sustainability. Our sustainability mission is to “promote and support socially and ecologically responsible resource management practices worldwide with the understanding that improving the state of our shared seafood resources is our legacy.”
This will be an ever evolving initiative as we continue to discover and develop additional tools and practices to help us reach new levels of sustainability. Some of the important things we are currently doing include having 13 MSC Certified processing facilities and 11 MSC Certified species.
Pacific Seafood also uses GreenShield® recyclable packaging, which has helped us significantly reduce waste, and we belong to a number of industry organizations committed to sustainability including the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and Ocean Trust.
For more information on our sustainable efforts, please visit http://www.pacseafood.com/default.aspx?page=132
July 20, 2010
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, Pacific Seafood has unrolled a new initiative called “The Pacific Advantage,” which includes four key elements: Stewardship, Sustainability, Quality Assurance and Traceability. Starting with stewardship, Pacific Seafood has outlined our stewardship mission as “Making ecologically and ethically sound choices, which conserve ocean resources and provide a sustainable and healthy food source for present and future generations.”
A few of the things we are doing to support this mission include:
- Become a member and supporter of The North Pacific Council
- Become a member and supporter of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC)
- Support the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC)
- Founding Charter member and supporter of the NFI Better Seafood Business Board
- Importer of products approved by Aquaculture Certification Council – Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) – recognized seafood products, standard targeted for all aquaculture imports
- Own and operate sustainable and natural feed Steelhead farm on the Columbia River in Washington State
- Committed to waste reduction by increasing use of 100% recyclable packaging for solutions for bio-waste and landfill reduction
- Use of green and recyclable packaging materials whenever available
Many of these initiatives have been long-standing practices of Pacific Seafood, but pulling them together under The Pacific Advantage is helping us to have a cohesive effort that will help ensure we are following our stewardship mission.
May 24, 2010
This past month hundreds of people from around the country in the food and beverage industry gathered in Portland for the International Association of Culinary Professionals yearly conference. Pacific Seafood had the pleasure of presenting a seminar on species from the Pacific Ocean to a group of 100 people. We discussed salmon, rock fish, pink shrimp, albacore tuna and Dungeness crab. In addition to the species, we talked about sustainable practices in fishing management.
At Pacific Seafood, we are calling our approach to sustainable practices in fishing management “The Pacific Advantage.” Under the umbrella of The Pacific Advantage, we have created strict goals and guidelines for the company concerning sustainability, stewardship, quality assurance and traceability.
We understand that the seafood resources and environment are our responsibility to pass on to future generations in as good or better condition than we find them today. The Pacific Advantage will help us assure we do just that. For more information on the Pacific Advantage, please visit http://www.pacseafood.com/default.aspx?page=132.