Promoting the sustainability of the ecosystems & communities which supply our products
As one of the largest importers of seafood in North America, we are committed in our efforts to improve sustainability in our seafood supply chain. We work with suppliers, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to address environmental and social issues.
SustainabLE FISHERIES & COMMUNITIES
We conduct our business in a way which supports healthy fisheries over the long term, and which enhances the lives of the families who harvest, process and provide our products.
FISHERY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
We participate in WWF’s fishery improvement projects, or FIPs, for Bahamas Lobster, Nicaragua Lobster, and Honduras Lobster. We also participate in a FIP for Brazilian Lobster, by working with local suppliers and NGO, CeDePesca. And most recently, we are participating in Belize’s Caribbean spiny lobster Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) and Fishery Development Model (FDM) with a data-driven pioneering approach.
We actively help the FIP’s progress by engaging their supply chains, supporting policy asks, and providing overall support for implementation of FIP activities. Comprehensive FIPs are a critical way of supporting the transition of fisheries to sustainable practices by offering a step-wise approach for fisheries to reach the MSC standard.
World Wildlife fund
We support the following World Wildlife Fund Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP’s):
collaborating for the environment
This collaborative effort brings together fishermen, the private sector, government, researchers, and NGOs to improve the environmental performance of a fishery. This approach ensures that FIP activities are aligned with regionally specific interests. By working with WWF and others to support comprehensive FIPs, we help improve the health of the world’s oceans and ensure the long-term viability of fisheries and the livelihoods of fishermen around the globe.
We support CeDePesca through the FIP’s to develop improved management practices for the lobster fishery in Brazil. This is a major undertaking to ensure the sustainability of this fishery and the fishing community in Brazil for years to come.
South Florida National parks trust
We are an official partner of the South Florida National Parks Trust, a non-profit organization which provides support to the four units of the U.S. National Park System located in South Florida.
Collaboration amongst fishers, suppliers, buyers and local governments is critical to the sustainability of the world’s seafood supply. Companies like Tequesta Bay that support fishery improvement projects (FIPs) are investing in the future of fish populations, improved ocean health and the local communities that depend on these resources for economic and food security. FIPs are a win for people and planet.WENDY GOYERTSENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER - WWF
Tequesta Bay Foods has been a very active partner and funder of the Brazil Lobster Fishery Improvement Project. Thanks to their important support, we have been able to strengthen our efforts in order to move this FIP forward in Brazil.ERNESTO GODELMANCHAIRMAN OF CEDEPESCA