As the largest Scampi manufacturer in the UK, we know we have a responsibility to respect, protect and nurture our environment. We want to make sure that the stocks of seafood from which we source our Scampi are healthy ensuring we minimise the impact of our activity on the ocean.
Project UK is a collaborative partnership working towards an environmentally sustainable future for UK fisheries through the implementation of credible Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs).
In 2019, the Nephrops FIP was launched which supports the long-term sustainable souring of Nephrops in the North Sea, Irish sea and West of Scotland. Whitby Seafoods are proud members of the steering group for this project, to provide information and expertise to action and deliver a plan for fishery improvements.
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The Marine Stewardship Council are an important partner in helping to deliver Project UK and for the many species of fish & seafood which we already buy.
At Whitby Seafoods we have an understanding that we need to respect, protect and nurture the environment. We rely on these for the long term prosperity of our people, products, and our planet. We have mapped our activities against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and are taking action to reduce and mitigate our impact in these areas.
As a local, family business, we are passionate about ensuring the highest quality at every production stage and contributing to our community. It is a natural next step for us to calculate and monitor our footprint on our climate. We are very proud to be the first seafood product in the UK with a carbon footprint, achieved through our partnership with CarbonCloud, the food industry’s climate intelligence platform. We mapped out the entire supply chain of its scampi products in CarbonCloud’s platform and calculated the emissions at every stage.
Utilising the insights from the climate footprints and the supply chain mapping, we are now able to take decisive action towards our primary environmental objectives: Sourcing seafood responsibly, reducing the carbon impact of energy within our operations, and working with our suppliers to reduce their footprint.
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Food waste is a major contributor to climate change, responsible for 8-10% of all greenhouse gases. In 2019 Whitby Seafoods signed up the food waste reduction initiative led by WRAP to reduce our impact. To see what we are doing and how, click here.
Since October 2019 we have been procuring 100% green renewable electricity to power our manufacturing plants and we have started to phase in electric company vehicles. We have measured our scope 1 and 2 emissions from both our operational sites and are taking positive steps to mitigate these in the immediate term.
Our chilled Whitby branded range uses cardboard from sustainable sources. This innovation has reduced plastic versus our previous chilled plastic tray by 85%, meaning a whopping amount of plastic has been removed from our supply chain!