Doing things the right way since 1968.
When the first Red Lobster opened in 1968, we knew exactly where every piece of seafood came from. Today, we still do – even as the largest seafood-buying restaurant in the world with over 700 locations in 11 countries. As we’ve grown, so has our commitment to creating and upholding standards that ensure availability of seafood for generations.
Setting the Standard
- What do you do when the standards aren’t up to your high standards? You set new ones. When it came to aquaculture standards and best practices, we felt everyone could do better. As a founding member of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) in 1997 – a leading international non-governmental organization dedicated to advocacy, education and leadership in responsible aquaculture – we helped develop Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.
- BAP certification ensures that seafood products come from facilities that are managed in environmentally, socially and economically responsible ways. It’s the world’s only third-party certification program encompassing the entire aquaculture production chain: farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills.
- Red Lobster was among the first to adopt Best Aquaculture Practice standards for shrimp, salmon, tilapia, and other seafood.
Red Lobster is committed to taking a leadership position in conserving and protecting every kind of seafood we source and serve. That’s why we’re proud to sit on the Board of Directors for both the National Fisheries Institute and Global Aquaculture Alliance. It’s also why we helped write the Law of the Sea, and worked to establish the industry’s first standards around freshness and safety.
From the very beginning, we understood the importance of establishing face-to-face relationships with our seafood suppliers. They know we demand seafood of the highest quality, and we require them to supply it in ways that are traceable, sustainable, and responsible.
Year after year, Red Lobster is proud to work exclusively with suppliers who share our passion and commitment to sustainability and responsible sourcing.
We are committed to sourcing our seafood in ways that minimize impacts on ocean and freshwater environments. That’s why we are proud to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program to help drive continuous improvement within our supply chain to ensure there is seafood now and for generations.
Using science-based, peer reviewed methods, Seafood Watch assesses how fisheries and farmed seafood impact the environment and provides recommendations that help consumers and businesses make choices that are sustainable and responsible.
We are proud to partner with Ocean Conservancy, a leading ocean conservation nonprofit, to support the protection and preservation of the world’s oceans. The partnership focuses on two programs: The Global Ghost Gear Initiative, which focuses on
driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear, and the Trash Free Seas Alliance®, which unites leaders to mitigate plastic waste entering the oceans.
Our efforts with Ocean Conservancy extend both to our suppliers and our guests to help raise awareness of the issues impacting our oceans and enable collaboration to find meaningful, science-based solutions.
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