Seattle Fish Co. 2022 Impact Report

2022 IMPACT REPORT Prepared by Hamish Walker & Savanna Ronco







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Seattle Fish Company




Over the last couple of years, we have seen what can happen when supply chains are disrupted. We've had a small taste of what happens when there are shortages or bottlenecks upstream and increasing demand. Remember in 2020 when there was no meat to be found in the supermarket? Short term crises like the pandemic are useful reminders that we can’t just assume there will always be an abundance of whatever we want, whenever we want it. Demand for food, and particularly protein, continues to rise. The global population surpassed 8 billion in 2022, doubling in last 48 years. If we are to continue to enjoy the same standard of living and abundance, we will need to continue to transform our supply chains and look for new ways of doing things. For many years, Seattle Fish Company has invested in Fishery Improvement Projects, set annual energy, waste and water reduction targets, and tried to improve upon our efforts each year. More recently, we have started to target and track the sustainability of our products through our unique Eco Score program. But looming over all of these efforts is the existential threat of climate change. Anyone who fishes or farms will tell us we are already seeing dramatic changes in our ecosystems and what we can grow or catch in different places is shifting. We all need to do our part to address this. For the first time we have measured our overall impact based on pounds of carbon dioxide emitted both within our own operation and in our supply chain. This will help us identify where we can make the biggest difference to our footprint. Over the coming months and years we will refine our measurements, but the biggest opportunities are already clear. While efficiency or our internal operations will always be a focus, by far the largest parts of our carbon footprint are from the catching or farming of fish, and the freight to get it to us – this is where we can make the greatest transformations. Through a combination of efforts to improve efficiency and reduce emissions in these areas, and providing information to our customers to help them make lower carbon choices, I feel confident we can make a real difference. Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Seattle Fish Company, and more importantly, thank you for your support for sustainable food for generations to come. A LETTER FROM OUR CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

HAMISH WALKER Chief Sustainability and Development Officer Seattle Fish Company



For more than 100 years, Seattle Fish Co. has been dedicated to serving those who serve others. It all began back in 1918, when our founder, Mose Iacino, first saw the opportunity to bring fresh seafood to landlocked Colorado. Hand-selected fresh fish from the Seattle markets was carefully packed in sawdust and ice, then shipped to Denver by railcar - replenishing the ice at each stop along the way. Then, from Union Station, he tirelessly pushed a cart around downtown, bringing sought-after fish and oysters to Denver chefs, markets and restaurants. The core values that Mose instilled in his budding company back then still drive us today. They are what we stand for, what we believe in – and they’re reflected every day in the work we do, the people we employ, and the businesses we serve. Quality and customer service are paramount – we take pride in every product we offer, and partner closely with you to anticipate your needs and help deliver exceptional experiences to your customers daily. We are a family first and company second. Every day our diverse, engaged and high-performing staff work together toward common goals. We’re passionate about giving back. We believe it’s our responsibility - through outreach, fundraising and volunteering with nonprofits – to make a positive and lasting impact on the community we love and that has supported us since day one. What underpins all these values – and really sets us apart – is our holistic dedication to sustainability. Since its inception, Seattle Fish Co. has devoted itself to sustainable, big-picture best practices – from responsible sourcing to 24/7 handling, to reducing waste and energy use at every opportunity, and striving to educate and inform our employees, our customers and the public on why we do what we do. Our leadership aspiration is to Lead the Growth of Sustainable Seafood - and that wouldn't be possible without the combined effort of our employees, the vendors we work with, and the customers who support us.



Seattle Fish Company is proud to be deeply involved with local and national sustainability programs, and to have received certifications and awards that underscore our commitment to environmental stewardship. We consider this walking the walk, and following through on the practices we preach. ACHIEVEMENTS, ACCOLADES & INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT


First in the Rocky Mountain region to be Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified (2008) Certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) SQF Food Safety & Quality Certified Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certified Gold Leader; Colorado Environmental Leadership Program

National Fisheries Institute member; CEO & President, Derek Figueroa, served as 2021 NFI Chair Four graduates of the National Fisheries Institute Future Leaders Program Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS), Member Dedicated to community involvement (ProStart, Project Angel Heart, We Don't Waste)

Cofounded industry non-profit, SeaPact, to aid in the development of Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP's) around the world; Hamish Walker served as 2017 & 2018 Chair Global Tuna Alliance, Steering Committee Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, Member Participation in A Green Blue - Aquaculture Accelerator sponsored by The Lexicon. AWARDS





At Seattle Fish Company we take our role and responsibility as a supplier of sustainable protein seriously. We make every possible effort to be efficient and conserve resources while providing nutritious food to the communities we serve. Our annual Impact Report offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, goals achieved, as well as the chance to set our intentions for the following year. There is no time to waste – in the next 50 years, humanity will need as much food as has been consumed in the last 10,000 years. We can’t increase the amount of cultivated land without accelerating climate change so we must transform how and where we produce and source our food. Seattle Fish Co. believes that seafood will play a major role in this transformation. Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is water, yet less than seven percent of protein for human consumption comes from it. Fish and shellfish make excellent livestock converting more of the food they eat into edible protein, are less reliant on freshwater resources and can even have a positive impact on the environment. For example, shellfish farming has restored many coastal habitats and improved water quality. Responsible fishing and aquaculture present an opportunity to provide our communities with a healthy protein while being conscious of our impact on the environment. We also recognize that many people want diversity in their diets, and terrestrial meat is likely to be an important part of our diets for the foreseeable future. Indeed, there are huge areas of land that are only suitable for raising livestock, and regenerative practices that mimic ancient grazing patterns can actually improve land quality and remove carbon from the atmosphere. So alongside our commitment to seafood, and following the addition of Lombardi Brothers Meats to our portfolio, we will also be looking at ways to continuously improve the environmental impact of the terrestrial meats we source. More to come on this! As we work to fulfill our leadership aspiration of Leading the Growth of Sustainable Seafood Consumption, and as we add more terrestrial proteins to our portfolio, we know we must be intentional in how we grow, catch and farm our products. We will continue to identify the top priorities to address and set action plans to ensure we are always reducing our impact on our environment and ensuring we have abundant food sources for generations to come.




Simply put, we wouldn't be where we are today without our Seattle Fish Co. family. Our employees are the heart of our organization, working tirelessly 24/7 to help us achieve our goal of sustainably feeding people. Whether it's a knowledgeable Sales Representative working with a customer to identify the right items for their menu, our Purchasing team scouring the world to find those perfect products, our Production team carefully cutting a fish by hand or a friendly driver making the final delivery -- each and every employee plays an important part in our process. Our employees pride themselves on living and breathing our core values of Customer Service, Family, Philanthropy, Quality & Sustainability . We learn together, challenge each other respectfully and encourage one another to grow.


Seattle Fish Co. wouldn't be around if it weren't for the amazing support of our community. Every year, our employees find new, unique ways to give back and say thank you. Here are just a couple of the ways they made a difference in 2022 by working with local philanthropic partners and identifying opportunities for corporate sponsorship. 530+

$45.8k "In kind" product donations made to Project Angel Heart

$59k+ In charitable contribution dollars

Volunteer hours worked, including local nonprofits such as We Don't Waste and Project Angel Heart



Eco Score Program

In 2019, we launched the Seattle Fish Co. Eco Score program to recognize and elevate the good being done in the industry through these sustainability initiatives, and provide clarity for our customers, to make easy, informed purchasing decisions that result in a direct, positive change to the health of our oceans. We’re proud to be the first seafood distributor in the industry to offer a completely free program and tool like this to our customers. Seattle Fish has made a commitment to continually improve and increase our own Eco Score every year, aiming to be consistently in the “Excellent” category before 2025 with all of our purchases. This is an ambitious goal – we distribute over 15 million pounds of seafood each year – but one we feel is important for the health of our oceans, and the future of our business. In 2022, we moved our total company Eco Score up from 7.15 in 2021 to 7.42. We have seen strong growth in our most sustainable category of shellfish, a decline in red-rated frozen king crab, and significant growth in our ASC rated salmon. Also - a special mention to Riverence for achieving ASC certification in 2022 for their trout products, which also grew significantly in volume. Unfortunately, Maine lobsters lost their MSC certification and were red rated by Monterey Bay Aquarium in the fourth quarter.


We Compare All The Data To Our Benchmarks Our Eco Score takes into consideration the major, credible seafood sustainability certifications, accreditations, fishery improvement projects, and rating programs and then compares them to our own internal benchmarking standards. We use this information to score every single seafood product that we source and purchase, and label them accordingly in our system. We Analyze & Score Your Purchases We then use that scoring data to analyze your purchases on a monthly basis and provide you with a custom email detailing each product you ordered, plus your cumulative Eco Score. Since this email is specific to your business, you’ll be able to review your results and quickly decide if your current purchasing choices are where you’d like them to be, or if you want to adjust for improvement in certain areas. We Review Your Score & Make Changes Together We encourage our customers to review these Eco Score emails on a monthly basis, and also on a trending basis over the span of a few months. You’ll be able to see a noticeable change in your score just by switching up a few items on your menu or in your seafood case. Seattle Fish Co. can also help to recommend substitutions for any items you have questions or concerns about. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to identify opportunities to improve your purchasing and have an impact on our oceans. SIGN UP FOR FREE TODAY! To sign up for Seattle Fish Co.'s Eco Score Program, please speak with your Sales Rep or email




Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) SFC EcoScore 9.2

Comprehensive certification of farmed fish Audited chain of custody Includes assessment of Environment, Social practices and Occupational health and safety Public disclosure of audit/inspection

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) SFC EcoScore 4*=7.75, 3*= 7.2, 2*= 6.5, 1*= 3.8.

Comprehensive certification of farmed fish ‘Stars’ are awarded for certification of Feed, Hatchery, Farms, and Processing BAP 1 star for processing plant only, 2 star for processing and farm, 3 and 4 star include certification of hatchery and/or feed. More commonly used in the Americas.

GlobalG.A.P. EcoScore 6.5

Comprehensive certification of crops, livestock and farmed fish Includes assessment of Environment, Social practices and Occupational health and safety, animal welfare, food safety and biosecurity Encompasses feed, hatchery, and farm More commonly used in Europe.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) SFC EcoScore 7.5

Comprehensive certification of wild fisheries Rigorous, transparent, multi-year process for accreditation Audited chain of custody Includes assessment of species population, environmental impact including by-catch and fishery management.

Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) Seafood Watch SFC EcoScore Green=7 (oysters and mussels 9), Yellow=4.7, Red=2.3

Based on scientific evaluation of wild fisheries and aquaculture, by region and catch/farming method Rates species as ‘Best Choice’ (green), ‘Good Alternative’ (yellow), and ‘Avoid’ (red). Also ‘Certified’ (blue) recognizes third party certifications such as MSC Rating can be different in the same area, depending on catch method A rating rather than a certification Includes assessment of species population, environmental impact including by-catch and fishery management. Maintain a very useful online tool and mobile app for looking up your fish.

Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) SFC EcoScore 7.5

Aims to build alignment on seafood sustainability Benchmarking tool evaluates and recognizes other certifications, underpinned by UN FAO guidelines GSSI recognized certifications include Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM), Iceland Responsible Fisheries Management (IRFM), MSC, BAP, GlobalG.A.P., ASC and others

Friend of the Sea SFC EcoScore 7.25

Certification for wild capture fisheries and aquaculture as well as other products. Annual audits by independent international certification bodies. Evaluation against environmental sustainability and social accountability criteria

Fair Trade SFC EcoScore 5.5

Certification focused on ensuring benefits of trade are share equitably through the supply chain For seafood, predominantly small producers in capture fisheries Includes some environmental standards

Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) SFC EcoScore 6

A wild fishery may have some issues now, but a FIP is a structured action plan to address these issues. Comprehensive FIPs are frequently targeted at working towards MSC certification, but basic FIPs may be smaller scope based on one or two specific issues

FIPs report annually, and are graded based on progress being made The most comprehensive list of FIPs can be found at

What is the difference between a Certification & Rating? Certification programs offer a chain of custody and traceability standard on sustainability claims, whereas a rating system does not. Generally, fishery assessments in certification programs are conducted by independent accredited certification bodies as opposed to scientists selected by the rating system body. Wild-capture certification programs offer transparency and stakeholder engagement during the assessment process, whereas rating systems typically do not.

Our Sustainability Commitment


Assess the sustainability of the product we procure and share this data with our customers, stakeholders, and community through the Seattle Fish Co. Eco Score Program. The Seattle Fish Co. Eco Score Program uses a sustainable scoring system that provides data on all of our products and allows our customers to make informed purchasing decisions. We will partner with fellow industry thought leaders and seafood champions to further our reach of this program and continue to grow sustainable seafood consumption. 2022 - We automatically sign up all new customers to receive their monthly EcoScore report and continue to add existing customers. Shift procurement of our products to more sustainable and environmentally responsible products, as well as eliminate products that are critically unsustainable. By 2025, Seattle Fish Co. will achieve a minimum score of 8.00 on the Seattle Fish Co. Eco Score Program and focus on prioritizing purchases of product that meets or exceeds our sustainability standards. 2022 - We improved our EcoScore to 7.42 in 2023 through growth of high scoring items, existing vendors achieving new certifications, and a reduction of lower scoring items, specifically frozen king crab. Foster continual improvement efforts in our industry by actively supporting Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP’s) and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIP’s), as well as participate on industry boards. Seattle Fish will support FIP’s / AIP’s and develop a mechanism to promote that participation to our customers and stakeholders. We will also participate on at least two industry boards that are dedicated to significant, positive change in the seafood industry. 2022 - We continue to support multiple FIPs and are building a partnership with one of our tuna suppliers to brand their FIP fish to make it aspirational for the fishing captains to join, and provide visibility of the efforts to our customers. We continue to be represented on the SeaPact board of Advisers and joined the Global Tuna Alliance steering committee.





Our Sustainability Commitment


We commit to implementing the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) guidelines by 2030. Seattle Fish, in partnership with Sea Pact, has committed to implement GDST guidelines for all seafood products to help put a global standard to traceability and sustainability audits and streamline reporting. 2022 - Our first step towards implementation of GDST is the deployment of a new ERP system that can track the Key Data Elements by lot. The project to implement the new ERP started in 2022 and will be complete in 2023. Create an ongoing series of workshops and events for employees and other stakeholders to provide education about issues and opportunities regarding sustainability. Seattle Fish will host educational workshops and training for our customers, employees, and other stakeholders to cultivate an appreciation for sustainable fishing practices and seafood as a healthy, sustainable food source. 2022 - Many of our tuna suppliers took up our invitation to a Fishwise workshop on labor standards in tuna supply chains and this is part of an ongoing dialogue to reduce risk in this area. We held a sustainability panel at our annual customer tradeshow, and held a lunch and learn for our employees to raise awareness of sustainability issues and the actions we are taking. We commit to working collaboratively and transparently with stakeholders to address and uphold human rights. Seattle Fish Co. respects human and labor rights. We will continue to work collaboratively with industry groups, suppliers, and stakeholders to promote and implement industry best practices for social responsibility. 2022 - We have identified the highest risk categories for human rights as frozen tuna and frozen squid and engaged our vendors in discussion to evaluate risks in their supply chains, and wherever possible provide us with assurance and evidence of work they are doing to minimize these risks.





Sustainability Goals & Results As an Environmental Leader Program (Gold), we have been tracking our facility resource usage and environmental impact since 2015. We do this by setting goals and objects through an Environmental Management System (EMS), which is a tool our employee-led Sustainability Team can use to drive a reduction in the natural resource usage and waste production we have at our facility. Every year, this Sustainability Team sets goals around things like electrical usage, water usage, waste to landfill, and waste diverted to landfill measures. Through the collaboration of our passionate employees and like-minded business partners, we are proud to be making a real difference in our industry. Between 2015 and 2022 we have:

Reduced Electricity usage per pound of production by 39% Reduced Water usage per pound of production by 30% Reduce Trash to Landfill per pound produced by 73%

During the pandemic we cut back many of our more complex activities and our product mix changed significantly. This led to a dramatic reduction in resource intensity between 2019 and 2021. The bad news is that in 2022 as we saw a return to more normal patterns of business, and as more complexity crept back in, our resource intensity has increased from 2021 to 2022. Electricity usage grew 3%, water by 1% and trash to landfill by 8%. That said, we have held onto the majority of the gains we made and remain well below pre-pandemic usage levels. Our opportunity now is to learn from these gains in order to return to our downward trajectory.



Carbon Footprint

In 2022, we committed to publish our total carbon footprint with key drivers. Greenhouse gas emissions are often referred to as scope 1, 2 and 3. Scope 1 emissions are where we burn the primary fossil fuel. For Seattle Fish this would include natural gas for heating, and diesel for our trucks. Scope 2 is where we are ‘contracting out’ the burning of the fuel to meet our energy requirements, so that would include electricity that we use for refrigeration. Scope 3 is for energy used to support our business but not used by us directly and would include the production of the products we buy, and the freight to get them to us. We estimate our total carbon intensity at 4.1lbs of CO2 per lb of product we sell. The majority of this is generated by the catching and farming of the products and the freight to get them to Denver. Efficiency of our internal operations is clearly important and we will continue our efforts on this. Our biggest area of opportunity for reduction however is on inbound freight. A significant proportion of our total carbon footprint comes from flying a few key items long distance [28% from Chilean, Scottish and Norwegian salmon]. Over the coming year we will develop a tool to show our customers which of our products have higher and lower carbon footprints. We will also continue to advocate for the development of more North American aquaculture to reduce our country’s reliance on imported seafood.



Sea Pact Current Projects

Seafood Literacy This project will support education of retail seafood counter associates via the Seafood Literacy e- learning program. Education topics include why sustainable seafood matters, sustainability from sourcing to serving, and types of fishing and aquaculture methods, providing further confidence to counter associates when discussing seafood sustainability and other seafood topics with consumers. management organization (RFMO) delegations in calling for implementation of harvest strategies. The benefits of this project will include supply chain representation in Japan, access to Japanese tuna RFMO delegation, and greater alignment of global supply chain on tuna sustainability priorities. Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technology (SAFET) To facilitate regional dialogues with fishery managers, technology developers and fishery stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of viable electronic monitoring (EM) systems, particularly with developing states, and to do so through the development of an EM Community of Practice and Innovation. Global Tuna Alliance (GTA) The GTA will hire an outreach officer in Japan who will work closely with Seafood Legacy to expand industry engagement on tuna sustainability issues in this important and influential marketplace. The aim of the project is to secure the membership of three Japanese companies within 12 months, and demonstrate their engagement with the Japanese tuna regional fisheries As a founding member of Sea Pact, Seattle Fish serves as a partner along with a group of leading North American Seafood Companies dedicated to driving stewardship and continuous improvement of social, economic, and environmental responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. Here are a few projects the group is currently funding:

Year-End Review: Thank You!

Making an impact in sustainability is a journey - one that we are honored to take with you, our partners. Whether you are a foodservice or retail customer, vendor, philanthropic partner, employee, or community member, our efforts would not be possible without you .

If you are interested in learning more about how your purchase makes an impact, joining our Eco Score program, or just talking fish, please drop us a line!



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