Sourcing & Procurement

The term sustainable is generally defined as “a use or development that meets the needs of the present without thereby compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”. In fisheries management, this can be interpreted as continuous harvesting of viable stocks.


Sustainable Procurement

It is our belief that the need for sustainable fishing policies and all supporting regulatory measures are vital for the posterity of our industry, and we as a significant processor of fish take our responsibilities to a sustainable future extremely seriously. We formally mandate all of our suppliers clearly stating that we will not deal with those who do not operate in a responsible manner and which remain unable to demonstrate compliance with all relevant national and international regulations.

To this end we fully support all efforts that have been made to bring forward sensible and sustainable fishing practices, and our clear policy is firstly that:

  • Five Star Fish will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that all its fish purchases have not been caught, landed, traded or farmed illegally and all suppliers have been mandated to ensure compliance with the January 2010 IUU Regulations and all relevant national and local legislation.

In addition to this foundation principle:

  • We are as key stakeholders actively supportive of the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme, the Marine Stewardship Council fisheries certification programme and our involvement in their Chain of Custody eco labelling scheme.
  • We will endeavour also to encourage our customers to use the advice available to them through the Marine Conservation Society, Seafish and other organisations and wherever practical and subject to availability use fish from MSC approved sources and the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme or from our approved farmed assured supply chain.
  • Additionally it is our policy that we will only initiate new product development programmes that take into account the sustainability of the species based on the best available scientific advice and we will only develop new products that originate from legal and sustainable sources.

MSC Approved Sources

We will endeavour to encourage our customers to use the advice available to them through the Marine Conservation Society, Seafish and other organisations and wherever practical and subject to availability, use fish from MSC approved sources and the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme or from our approved farm assured supply chain.

Additionally it is our policy that we will only initiate new product development programmes that take into account the sustainability of the species, based on the best available scientific advice and we will only develop new products that originate from legal and sustainable sources.

About the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council)

The MSC is an independent, global non-profit organisation whose role is to recognise, via a certification programme, well-managed fisheries and to harness consumer preference for seafood products bearing the MSC label of approval.

Click here to visit the MSC website.

About the Seafish (The Sea Fish Industry Authority)

The Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) works across all sectors of the UK seafood industry to promote good quality, sustaibable seafood. Our research and projects are aimed at raising standards, improving efficiency and ensuring that our industry develops in a viable way.

Click here to visit the Seafish Website.

Quality Production Facilities

Five Star Fish Limited is a progressive Company using modern production methods and technologies in a purpose built food factory. The Company is well aware of the provisions of the Food Safety Act 1990 (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (No. 2990) and the General Food Regulations 2004 (No. 3279), The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 and the requirement to meet the regulations made under this legislation.

We ensure that we implement systems within our Company to show that we take all reasonable precautions and all due diligence during the time that the product is under our control. We implement stringent Process Control and Quality Assurance checks and maintain records of the results so that, to the best of our ability, any raw materials, ingredients or finished products that do not comply with our specifications are excluded from use and from sale.

We readily submit our systems and facilities to third party auditing in order that we maintain the highest possible standards of food safety and hygiene. Similarly, we endeavour to ensure that all our raw materials and ingredients are only sourced from reputable suppliers who themselves are mandated to comply with all their legal and food safety standards and obligations.

Our production premises and facilities remain available for inspection at all times, along with our Production and Process Control/Quality Assurance documentation, to allow customers to satisfy themselves that we meet with their own individual requirements.

Worldwide Procurement

The strength of Five Star lies in our ability to source the finest fish available from the world’s catch. With buyers operating not only from our head office in Grimsby but around the world, we are able to ensure that we are constantly monitoring the world's supply and buying at the optimum time to keep our customers in stock all year round

We never forget that fish, as a raw material, does not appear off a factory line, it is one of the last hunted species, and is subject to all the vagaries that that entails. This is a well documented subject and we, at Five Star, are committed to ensuring that we protect and manage our wild stocks for future generations.

We are committed to ensuring that we respect the world’s fisheries and develop and promote sustainable fishing practices. We understand that in to-day’s society we must ensure full traceability and must support all ethical initiatives in order to respect the environment. It is our responsibility, as a manufacturer, to lead the way in protecting, but at the same time developing best practices within the fish and seafood industry.

After all fish is one of the last hunted species, and Five Star Fish should lead by example!