What exactly is responsible fishing?
Responsible fishing is a type of fishing that does not damage marine ecosystems. It ensures that natural fish stocks are still able to reproduce so that species are not depleted.
Responsible aquaculture involves livestock rearing methods that do not damage the environment (rearing practices, foods, etc.). It's all about maintaining a balance so that water-dwelling species are not threatened, marine plant life does not deteriorate, etc.
Why do we need to take action?
The current state of affairs gives cause for alarm. We are taking too many fish out of our oceans. According to the WWF, 31% of the world's fish stocks are over-farmed. And in the Mediterranean, the number is closer to 93%. Illegal and unregulated fishing activities contribute hugely to this: in the short term, they could be responsible for depleting up to 26 million tonnes of fish per year – that's more than 30% of world fishing.
It is therefore urgent that we implement initiatives and take action to promote more responsible fishing. That's why Carrefour has been supporting the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) labels for many years. Carrefour was also the first French retailer to have obtained MSC and ASC certification for its fishmonger stalls. As of 2018, all Carrefour hypermarket fishmonger counters are now certified, and they will soon be joined by Carrefour Market fishmonger counters. At the same time, Carrefour is also expanding its range of organic aquaculture and Carrefour Quality Line products.