Norpac Fisheries Export has developed our core values around the acronym "ARTS", which stands for "Accountable", "Responsible", "Traceable", and "Sustainable". We believe these words define our commitment to our Customers, our Employees, our Community and our Environment. These are deeply held values by which we navigate our actions. They encompass our "Passion for Seafood and Commitment to Excellence"
Norpac is Accountable for their fishery practices through their commitment to fish only within Territorial Water that are governed by Fishery Management Plans. Our position is that only Territorial Water Fisheries can be adequately managed, given the current political environment in which fisheries operate. International cooperation is not sufficient for adequate policing of international waters.
Norpac also understands the need for food security and sanitation, and has implemented Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures (SSOP's), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) as fundamental components of our food security program. Independent third party audits by Silliker Labs (our most recent score is 98.1%), environmental testing, heavy metal testing, ciguatera and histamine testing.
Traceability is the lynch pin of fisheries management. It is essential that marine scientists be able to trace 100% of the resource harvested, in order to have the fullest picture possible.
Norpac is an early adopter of complete traceability, and put in place the industry's first Bar Code tagging system for individual fish. Each fish and its finished products have a bar code attached which allow Fishery Managers, and our customers, to trace exactly where the fish comes from, when it was unloaded, species, and weight. From here we can trace forward and backward all products from each fish.
Sustainable seafood is that which can maintain or increase production in the future without jeopardizing the ecosystem in which it was harvested or grown. This has different implications if the seafood is wild or farmed. There are many competing theories and positions on sustainability, and how it is measured and assessed.
Norpac's position on Sustainability is to continually work toward developing practices, management regimes and scientific data which moves all fisheries closer to sustainability. The oceans are the world's resource, and Norpac believes in taking a leadership role in fishery practices.