Canada-based seafood processor High Liner Foods has committed to sourcing all of its seafood from "sustainable" or "responsible" sources by the end of 2013.

The company said yesterday (29 November) that, from 2013, it will require wild-caught seafood and farmed products to either come from fisheries and aquaculture farms certified as being sustainable by three schemes - the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Global Aquaculture Alliance's (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

If suppliers are not yet certified, High Liner will require them to "be on a clear, defined path toward being sustainable and capable of documenting measurable improvements".

High Liner Foods president and CEO Henry Demone said: "High Liner Foods is committed to our goal of doing business only with suppliers who share our vision of sourcing seafood responsibly, and with a dedication to environmental stewardship to ensure our natural resources are available for generations to follow."

Some Canadian retailers have also made similar moves on sourcing seafood from sustainable sources. In May, Metro Inc said its wild and farmed seafood would come from sustainable fisheries from September. The same month, Loblaw said it would double the number of wild seafood products on sale that are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.