Henry & Lisa's Natural Seafood - Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 4.25 oz. (120g)
Henry & Lisa's Natural Seafood Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil is caught off the beautiful coast of Portugal in late summer when the fish have fattened up for spawning, utilizing certified sustainable time-honored net fishing techniques. These sleek silvery fish are rapid reproduces and travel in schools in the confluence of the tropical and northern currents off of Portugal creating productive upwelling. They feed near the surface at night on plankton, allowing fishers to easily target their catch and avoid by-catch of other species.
What Sets Henry & Lisa's Apart:
- Canned Locally. Premium quality canned seafood is all canned locally right where it's caught. Unlike most of Henry & Lisa's competitors who ship fish around the world chasing cheap labor, they support the local economies where their fish is caught. This greatly improves quality and reduces
carbon footprint. Additionally their canned seafood is cooked only once in the can, which vastly increases quality and improves the health benefits of the additional omega-3's.
- Certified Sustainable. Henry & Lisa's proudly offers seafood exclusively from environmentally sustainable fisheries. Their independent Seafood Advisory Board reviews and approves all of the species they offer.
- Tested for Contaminants. Henry & Lisa's seafood is independently tested for contaminants by Seafood Safe, helping consumers maximize the health benefits of seafood.
- Enviromentally Sustainable. Henery & Lisa's cares deeply for the future of the planet and the world of water, from how they source their seafood, to the renewable energy that powers their office, to the many marine conservation causes they support. Your purchase helps them further their mission.
Henry & Lisa's mission is to be your family's trusted source for the world's healiest, safest, highest quality sustainable seafood...naturally. They guarantee you have never tasted canned seafood like theirs. Henry & Lisa's uses only the best part of the fish, it is hand packed and cooked in its own natural omega-3 rich oils. It's so wildly delicious; you'll eat it straight from the can.
- Provide only the most sustainable, highest quality, healthiest, all natural, most delicious seafood to their customers.
- Help support sustainable fisheries (wild & aquaculture), and their fishing communities by featuring their sustainable seafood products and adding value to their catch.
- Help reverse the decline of marine bio-diversity by encouraging a shift in consumer demand away from over-exploited fisheries.
- Offer a level of customer service unmatched in the seafood industry.
- Accentuate the positive - highlight fishery success stories by increasing demand for these products, creating an incentive for others to adopt sustainable fishing practices.
- Support marine conservation efforts through collaboration with conservation, research and educational organizations worldwide.
- Raise consciousness of the threats to the world's oceans by providing a credible source of environmentally responsible seafood to the rapidly growing consumer demographics seeking environmentally sustainable products.
- Set a good example for corporate America by striving for the "Triple Bottom Line" - operate a profitable business that's also responsible to its community and the environment.
At Henery & Lisa's, they are dedicated to offering only the most sustainable sources of seafood. To guide them in this mission, they have assembled a Seafood Advisory Board comprised of some of the world's leading marine conservation scientists who help them research and recommend which species and fisheries to feature. The Board uses a diverse array of existing guidelines at their organizations as reference when assessing a fishery. Research scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program, Environmental Defense, Blue Ocean Institute and New England Aquarium recommend these fisheries to EcoFish.
Henry & Lisa's ability to source from specific fisheries enables them to pinpoint the world's best examples of sustainability. Following are some of the major environmental issues that their Advisors consider when evaluating wild fisheries and aquaculture:
When well-managed, fisheries have the potential to contribute to the economic and cultural well-being of many communities. Unfortunately, many fish stocks have been overharvested or caught in a manner that kills other animals and degrades the ocean. For Henery & Lisa's approval, wild-caught fish must be landed in a manner that does not compromise the marine environment or unduly harm other species. Similarly, populations of the targeted species need to be able to support themselves and the fishery well into the future.
- Biological Characteristics of Seafood: Some fish are extremely long-lived or late to mature. EcoFish carefully selects species that are likely to be resilient to fishing pressure.
- Population Status: The fished species must have a healthy biomass in order to sustain itself and the fishery well into the future.
- Management of Fishery: There must be a management plan in place that their Advisors are confident will sustain the fishery. Similarly, a species must be abundant and prolific enough to sustain moderate fishing pressure from selective gear.
- Bycatch: There can be little or no bycatch in the fishery, and no endangered species can be part of the bycatch
- Impact Harvesting Method has on Surrounding Environment: Fishing gear used to harvest the species cannot destroy marine habitats.
Aquaculture will continue to play an important and growing role in feeding the world. Given that aquaculture can have positive or negative effects on the environment, EcoFish supports aquaculture that is environmentally and socially responsible. For EcoFish's approval, aquaculture operations need to be integrated into the natural ecosystem, diverse on local and regional scales, and beneficial to local communities.
- Escapes: Farmed fish that escape into the surrounding marine environment have the potential to severely affect the aquatic environment. Their advisors consider factors such as whether the species is native or exotic to the area it is farmed and the likelihood of the fish escaping the farm.
- Habitat Issues: How does the farm fit in with the surrounding environment? Where does the water used to raise the seafood come from? Does the farm have natural predators, and how is this issue handled? Is spreading disease a concern? Farms should help to protect and enhance the surrounding environment.
- Dependence on Wild Fisheries: They prefer farmed fish that don't require diets that include fishmeal and fish oil derived from wild fish. If they do require fishmeal, the protein conversion ratios should be below 1:1.
- Pollution and Chemical Use: There can be absolutely no chemicals or additives utilized whatsoever in the growth or processing; all EcoFish products are all natural. The farm must not be a significant source of pollution for the surrounding environment.
- Local Community: Does the farm benefit the local community?: When considering these issues, their underlying philosophy employs the Precautionary Principle. They choose to err on the side of conservation and only feature the most sustainable fisheries. This Principle was adopted by the UN Conference on the Environment and Development in 1992 and states that:
"In order to protect the environment, a precautionary approach should be widely applied, meaning that where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage to the environment, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation."
About Henry's & Lisa's
Henry & Lisa's launched in 1999 with the belief that there are many concerned people just like them who care about where their food comes from, care for the environment, and desire a source of all natural premium quality seafood from environmentally sustainable fisheries. Having spent 10 years in the seafood industry - traveling around the globe visiting seafood exchanges from Tokyo to Paris, Beijing to Madrid, they witnessed the astounding volume of seafood being sold each day on these exchanges, and noticed the size of many of the fish decreasing. Simultaneously, there was more and more news that numerous species were being fished to the point of commercial extinction (the point at which it is uneconomical to fish for them any longer because there are so few target fish left). It became very evident to them that the world is harvesting the oceans far faster than the oceans can replenish themselves, and these resources need better management.
In addition to their seafood industry experience, they have always had a deep respect for and great appreciation of the oceans. As a youngster, Henry was inspired by Jacques Cousteau, spent time volunteering at the New England Aquarium, and learned to scuba dive. Now as avid scuba divers and sea kayakers, whenever they have a chance, they love to explore new areas. While living on the Maine coast, they also had the good fortune and opportunity to have their own lobster boat and a few traps!
With these thoughts in mind, Henry sat down and began to write the EcoFish Business Plan. A lot has changed since then. Today you can find EcoFish/Henry & Lisa's in over 3,500 grocery/natural food stores and many restaurants nationwide. But a lot has stayed the same. They are still a small company with lofty goals and the belief that they all deserve choice, and given the tool to make good decisions, consumers will vote with their wallets and support healthy fisheries.