Our Commitment To Supporting The Welfare Of Our Marine Environment
We use the highest quality North American seafood ingredients out there, while staying true to our commitment to support the health of our oceans. Open Farm partners with the leading US and Canadian seafood sustainability organizations, Seafood Watch and Ocean Wise, to ensure that our ocean caught fish is sourced in accordance with the most up-to-date sustainability standards. This is an important way that we bring you a sustainable pet food.
A Diet Free From Anitibiotics and Artificial Feed
Fish raised in conventional aquafarms can live in extremely crowded environments and often suffer from infection, disease, and debilitating injuries that require preventative antibiotics. By sourcing ocean caught fish through sustainable methods, we can ensure that our fish have lived a natural life and consumed a diet free from antibiotics and artificial feed.
Making the Right Choices To Avoid Overfishing
Roughly 158 million tons of seafood are harvested each year and many marine species cannot reproduce fast enough to keep up with the demand. Our partner organizations provide recommendations for species that are abundant and resilient to fishing pressures in order to minimize overfishing. All of the fish in our recipes are sourced in accordance with these recommendations so we can ensure that we’re not contributing to depleting fish populations in our oceans.
Proud Partner of Ocean Wise
Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers and suppliers to make ocean-friendly seafood choices. This program sets strict standards related to species, method of catch and other criteria aimed at minimizing the environmental impact of fishing.
Ocean Wise’s recommendations are based on 4 criteria. An Ocean Wise recommended species is:
- Abundant and resilient to fishing pressures
- Well managed with a comprehensive management plan based on current research
- Harvested in a method that ensures limited bycatch on non-target and endangered species
To learn more, visit www.oceanwise.ca
Managing Bycatch To Protect Vulnerable Species
Bycatch is a term used to describe the catching of any unintended species other than the targeted species during the fishing or harvesting process. The system of standards developed by our partners is focused on the minimization of bycatch and the preservation of marine wildlife, habitat and environment. The protection of species like turtles, dolphins, sharks and other fish from nets and other fishing operations is central to these sustainability programs.
Creating a First of Its Kind Catch-of- The-Season Program
Our Catch-of-the-Season program is the first of its kind. Every bag of our Catch-of-the-Season Whitefish recipe is stamped with the seasonal and sustainably caught fish sourced for that particular batch. Check the white box under the Best Before label to see what kind of fish is in your bag.
Proud Partner of Seafood Watch
The Monteray Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program provides recommendations that help businesses and consumers make seafood choices that protect ocean life and habitats.
Seafood Watch assesses the sustainability of fisheries by compiling relevant science-based information that can be evaluated against its strict sustainability criteria. These criteria are based on governmental reports, scientific journals and white papers, which are compiled and thoroughly reviewed by a panel of scientists. Check out Seafood Watch and subscribe for their real-time updates on seafood recommendations.
To learn more, visit www.seafoodwatch.org