Sustainable fishing

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Because fish stocks are not infinite, LA SABLAISE has chosen to select the species it uses in its products taking into account sustainable fishing criteria.

Indeed, LA SABLAISE commits to using non-endangered species from sustainable fishing to contribute to maintaining fish stocks and the durability of our business, which is directly linked to marine resources.

For its sardine recipes, LA SABLAISE uses fish from sustainable and certified fisheries. It is MSC certified.


 What is sustainable fishing?

Sustainable fishing is the use of fishing techniques that preserve the natural replenishing capacity of seafood stocks. Although fish is a renewable resource, it should be allowed to reproduce in normal conditions. Sustainable fishing must enable the current needs to be met while anticipating future needs. It takes into account the following factors:

•    Moving away from fragile fishing zones, where resources are low, or even at risk of extinction, so that they can regenerate.
•    Taking into account the ecosystem as a whole: If a link in the food chain is overexploited, the entire chain may collapse
•    Avoiding exploiting sensitive species: Some species are now depleted through overfishing (red tuna for example). It is therefore essential that fish stocks are monitored.
•    Reducing our impact on the environment: it means reducing our potential to pollute or destruct ecosystems with current fishing techniques
•    Respecting fishing quotas and periods
•    Using selective fishing methods to better target species
•    Guarantee product traceability: make sure that consumers can trace the origin of the product, with detailed labelling in stores.

sustainable fishing La SablaiseIn addition to safeguarding conditions for the development of ecosystems, sustainable fishing consists in respecting two fundamental principles:

* An economic principle that consists in guaranteeing the durability of companies by defending the right price for raw materials
* A social commitment that safeguards traditional fishermen's jobs and quality of life onboard fishing vessels.



MSC certification

MSC means Marine Stewardship Council. It is an independent organisation that was originally created by a partnership between WWF and Unilever.


It aims to:

•    Identify and certify sustainable and well managed fisheries
•    Work with players in the fishing sector to develop sustainability on the seafood product market.
•    Make it easier for buyers to identify sustainable seafood products.

You can view all the information on MSC certification, the list of certified fisheries and those awaiting certification and the location of fisheries in the world on the MSC website.

LA SABLAISE: an environmentally responsible approach

LA SABLAISE has chosen to implement an environmentally responsible approach when manufacturing its products and managing its business.

The first stage is the supply of raw materials. LA SABLAISE is exclusively supplied by ports on the French Atlantic coast, between La Rochelle and Boulogne-sur-Mer.  The aim is to protect the French seafood market and limit the impact on the environment by sourcing supplies locally.

MSC LA SABLAISELA SABLAISE uses sardines from MSC certified fisheries and therefore strengthens its commitment to preserving species.

The second point is the use of wholesome raw materials, without additives, to make products that are full of flavour

Finally, the third aspect is the management of its manufacturing plant, where LA SABLAISE has implemented measures to reprocess waste and recycle packaging.