As global seafood consumption increases, we at Southwind Foods / Great American Seafood Imports Co. take our role in the supply chain seriously and we are committed to doing our part to keep fish populations thriving and our seafood industry healthy for years to come. We are committed to sustainable, environmentally conscious, socially responsible, safe and traceable wild-caught and farm-raised seafood.
TRACEABILITY & EDUCATION
We educate our employees, customers, suppliers, and other key stakeholders about sustainable seafood, including the importance of addressing environmental and social issues and working towards full traceability. Southwind Foods / Great American Seafood Imports Co. has partnered with Trace Register to ensure our imported and domestic seafood meets all regulatory and customer sustainability, traceability, and food safety requirements.
WILD-CAUGHT SEAFOOD PRACTICES
Millions of pounds of our wild-caught seafood is purchased from suppliers and fisheries that are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified and often from comprehensive Fishery Improvements Projects (FIP) that are working towards full MSC certifications.
We also support small scale fisheries by purchasing Fair Trade Seafood because knowing where our seafood comes from and the people involved in the process is important to us.
Our U.S. family owned and operated seafood company takes great pride in knowing our actions contribute to ensuring future generations can enjoy wild-caught seafood from healthy oceans by helping conserve marine ecosystems and protect the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on them.
FARM-RAISED SEAFOOD PRACTICES
Our commitment does not stop with wild-caught seafood. We purchase millions of pounds of farm-raised seafood that is certified by Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). By sourcing BAP and ASC certified farm-raised seafood, trusted and proven third party aquaculture certification programs, we take pride that our farm-raised seafood products come from environmentally, socially, and economically responsible facilities.
We are active members of National Fisheries Institute (NFI), Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), and Better Seafood Board (BSB). All of these organizations work hand and hand to promote responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy, and demonstration. As the BSB states, “being honest with customers is the only way to promote and maintain confidence in seafood products” and we couldn’t agree more.
OUR PRODUCTION FACILITY
Our 160,000 sq. ft. A rated British Retail Consortium (BRC) production facility is a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) chain of custody certified production facility. Our team works hard to make sure our sustainability, traceability, and food safety responsibility efforts are met each day.