Hy-Vee is celebrating Fair Trade Month in October by featuring the first shrimp aquaculture in the world to be Fair Trade-certified.
Ultra Natural shrimp a healthy, flavorful product now exclusively available at Hy-Vee. It’s all-natural, free of any additives and vacuum-sealed onsite to preserve freshness. There is 100% DNA traceability including the hatchery, nursery ponds, grow out ponds, feed, harvest dates, processing plant, cold storage and retail outlets.
Check out these flavorful, Responsible Choice and Fair Trade varieties in your Hy-Vee Seafood case:
To achieve Fair Trade certification, Ultra Natural Shrimp had to prove and continue to adhere to the practices mentioned above.
Like Hy-Vee, Ultra Natural Shrimp is committed to its employees and its communities. Ultra Natural organized ADI, an employee association providing employees with a number of key social and financial benefits through profit sharing.
Fundesur, created in 2014, manages funds set aside by the shrimp industry, spearheading programs designed to improve the lives of Honduran families. Learn more about Fundesur in the video below:
Hy-Vee understands that some of the biggest threats to the ocean and coastal communities can start on land.
In October 2017, Hy-Vee joined the Businesses for Bristol Bay coalition to advocate for the protection of Bristol Bay, the most pristine and productive wild salmon habitat in the world, from potentially devastating impacts from the proposed Pebble Mine project. If developed, toxic runoff from the Pebble Mine would contaminate nearby Bristol Bay, where Hy-Vee sources much of our wild salmon. An environmental disaster would jeopardize thousands of independent businesses, tens of thousands of jobs, and an economic engine that sustains Alaska’s economy. As part of this effort, Hy-Vee signed on to a letter to President Trump and U.S. EPA Administrator advocating for the protection of Bristol Bay.
Meet Captain Darin Gilman, who fishes aboard the FV Redline. He was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska, and is a third-generation Alaskan fisherman. He is one of the fisherman who catches Hy-Vee’s Alaska Halibut, Copper River and Prince William Sound salmon and other species.
As a reader of Seafoodies, we know you care about responsibly sourced seafood. Hy-Vee works with FishWise to ensure that all efforts are supporting conservation through environmentally responsible business practices. Education is a large piece of our efforts. Hy-Vee strives to educate their employees and customers about seafood quality, safety and sustainability.
When you have time to enjoy a documentary, we recommend the following to expand your knowledge about the problems and challenges of our beautiful ocean ecosystems.
Empty Oceans, Empty Nets
According to pbs.org, Empty Oceans, Empty Nets explores the marine fisheries crisis and the pioneering efforts of fishermen, scientists and communities to sustain and restore these fisheries and our oceans. An ongoing international debate surrounds the complex problems and how best to solve them. Understanding why some fisheries are thriving while some are in most serious decline may be the key to averting an impending food crisis.
The Last Ocean
This film received many accolades throughout the industry. The film’s synopsis from the website: “The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. A vast, frozen landscape that teems with life – whales, seals and penguins carving out a place on the very edge of existence. Californian ecologist David Ainley has been traveling to the Ross Sea to study this unique ecosystem for more than 30 years. He has written scientific papers describing it as a “living laboratory.” Largely untouched by humans, it is one of the last places where the delicate balance of nature prevails. But an international fishing fleet has recently found its way to the Ross Sea and is targeting Antarctic toothfish, sold as Chilean sea bass in restaurants around the world.
The website says, “When fishing guide and filmmaker Mark Titus learns why wild salmon populations plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest, he embarks on a journey to discover where the fish have gone and what might bring them back. Along the way, Titus unravels a trail of human hubris, historical amnesia and potential tragedy looming in Alaska – all conspiring to end the most sustainable wild food left on the planet.”
It is Hy-Vee’s intent to sell high-quality seafood that not only is safe for consumption, but also is harvested or raised in a manner that provides for its long-term viability (sustainability) while minimizing damage to the environment and other sea life.