To coincide with World Oceans Day 2018, UK supermarkets Marks & Spencer and Waitrose have joined the GGGI!
World Oceans Day 2018 is focused on preventing plastic pollution, and retailers have a huge role to play in helping to tackle the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear within their seafood supply chains by ensuring responsible sourcing from sustainable fisheries. By joining the GGGI, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose have committed to do their part to protect marine animals, ocean health and global fish stocks.
Hannah Macintyre, Fisheries and Aquaculture Manager, at Marks & Spencer said, “Our customers care about reducing plastic pollution and the health of our oceans. That’s why we’re committed to responsible sourcing, it’s why we’re supporting the Responsible Fishing Scheme and why we’ve joined the GGGI. As well as funding GGGI’s vital work, we will be working with our suppliers to transform their approach managing their fishing gear and ensuring best practice when it comes to gear marking, disposing of marine litter, recycling old gear and reporting lost kit.”
Tor Harris, Head of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing at Waitrose, said: “Bringing organisations together to solve the issue of abandoned fishing equipment can only be a good thing for marine life. Responsible sourcing is a top priority for us so this is a positive step for the environment and the future of sustainable fishing.’’
We're delighted to have Marks & Spencer and Waitrose join the GGGI as we continue to work together with industry, NGOs, private sector, academia and governements to help solve the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. Only by working collaboratively across sectors can we find lasting solutions to this global issue.