Our Food Story: Sustainable Salmon
Sustainable Seafood A Core Value at bistroMD
BistroMD gets its tasty salmon from F.W. Bryce, Inc., who is owned by the Japanese company Nissui, one of the largest seafood providers in the world.
Since 1947, F.W. Bryce, Inc. has maintained a strong reputation of seafood excellence that still holds true today.
Our delicious salmon that we get from Bryce comes all the way from Norway and it is featured in a variety of our mouthwatering entrees.
Farmed salmon: is it really as bad as you think?
The answer is yes, it can be; if you buy from a company that mistreats their salmon and loads it up with additives and preservatives.
Thankfully, for you and for us, that’s not what Bryce does.
Although the salmon is farmed, it lives a good life, eats a healthy diet of crustaceans and has plenty of room to swim around and flap its little flippers. Bryce also upholds the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), which is crucial for making sure our fishy friends get treated in the most ethical and humane way possible.
BAP standards address the environment and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety, and traceability in a voluntary certification program for aquaculture facilities. Drafted by technical committees with broad stakeholder representation, and overseen by a Standards Oversight Committee, the BAP standards are more comprehensive than other certification systems available. BAP standards address community and employee relations, conservation of biodiversity, soil and water management.
What this means to you is high quality salmon at a reasonable cost. It’s a real fin-fin… we mean, win win situation!
We’ve got you in good hands
Bryce’s parent company, Nissui also upholds BAP standards and places a strong emphasis on the customer, like we do here at bistroMD.
When we partner with a company, it’s important for their values to align with ours, because we are strongly committed to doing business with socially responsible partners who realize that how we treat the planet truly matters.
BistroMD, like Nissui, was built on the foundation of integrity, both in the products we offer and in how we interact with others.
Nissui effectively utilizes the earth and marine resources in a sustainable manner, and takes good care of the environment. For Nissui, it’s all about the delicious taste and freshness of the final product. Because of this, Nissui has a strong emphasis on quality control. In order to gain consumer confidence, every member of Nissui’s staff performs his or her duty to maintain quality for customers’ satisfaction.
Our salmon specifications
Our salmon not only lives out a fairly natural life, it also does not contain any additives or processing aids because we would never serve you anything that we would not eat at our own dinner table. Also, our fish is not soaked in preservatives or other solutions to ensure freshness or quality control. BistroMD and our partners work hard to ensure that our fillets are are never bent, curled or rolled into position, and that only top quality center cuts are accepted.
Still think something’s fishy?
The unfortunate reality is that our oceans have become over-fished, thus decreasing salmon populations at a rapid rate. This means that the majority of food companies and restaurants have to buy farmed salmon. Therefore, the majority of salmon you eat is probably not wild.
It is for this reason that standards and practices like BAP and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) came into place. The MSC is the world’s leading certification program for sustainable seafood. Their mission is to use their ecolabel and fishery certification program to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognizing and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood, and working with their partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.