When we opened our first seafood department in 1974, few ever dreamed that the supply of fish would diminish. But demand from the growing human population coupled with the effects of over-fishing and unregulated fishing, have led us to focus our efforts on a sustainably-sourced seafood supply. We recognize there is no quick fix for our oceans and waterways, which makes our commitment to seafood sustainability a never-ending journey: today, tomorrow and beyond.
Our merchants nurture long-term relationships with our partner suppliers who share our goals to protect the environment and the food supply. They visit and audit supplier facilities, and rely on codes of practice and third-party audits to implement and verify our specifications and high standards. All of these steps help us support fishermen, their families, and their communities while continuing to offer the highest quality, freshest, affordable seafood to our customers.
Whether seafood at Wegmans is wild caught or farm raised, our suppliers must meet our standards for responsible sourcing. We require them to adhere to best practices and laws that reduce the negative impact on local wildlife and help prevent depletion and destruction of natural resources.