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Donegal Catch Sustainability

As part of our on-going sustainability journey, we know it is important to drive awareness of the role Donegal Catch plays in the long-term care of our waters, marine resources and environment.

Under our four pillars of Product, Planet, Place and People we have outlined the main initiatives we are undertaking to reduce our impact on the planet whilst providing the best products for our customers and care for our suppliers and employees. 

Product

Nutrtion

It is recommended that we eat two portions* of fish per week, with one portion being oily fish such as salmon. Fish has so many great, nutritional benefits, it is a fantastic source of protein, typically low in fat, and by consuming a variety of the different types, it will provide many different vitamins and minerals, each offering wide ranging benefits to the body. 

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Convenient
Prepared and ready to cook
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Suitable For The Whole Family
From weaning to golden age
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Traceability
All products are fully traceable back to the boat
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Clean Label
No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
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GMO Free
We do not purchase ingredients or raw materials containing Genetically Modified Organisms.

Packaging

Packaging - Recyclability
Increased recyclability of packaging from 33% to 81% since 2020
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Removed approximately 32 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging in 12 months

Planet

Sustainable Fisheries

breaded cod
Cod

Caught in the North East Atlantic FA027.
Certification: MSC (Marine Stewardship Council)

Donegal Catch Breaded Haddock
Haddock

Caught in the North East Atlantic FA027.
Certification: Irish FIPs (Fishery Improvement Projects)

Donegal Catch Breaded Haddock
Whiting

Caught in the North East Atlantic FA027.
Certification: Irish FIPs (Fishery Improvement Projects)

Donegal Catch Wholegrain Fish Fillets
Pollock

Caught in the Pacific Ocean FAO 61 & 67.
Certification: MSC (Marine Stewardship Council)

Natural Salmon
Salmon

Caught in the North East Atlantic FA027.
Certification: Global Gap

King Prawns
Prawns

Farmed in Vietnam.
Certification: 4 BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices)

Our Irish Fish

We have an important role to play in the sustainable development of the Irish fishing industry and the protection of our waters. We are key stakeholders in the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) backed Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), which focus on improving health and long term sustainability of Irish fisheries. This is a five year plan that focuses on fishing practices, fishery management, onshore handling and data collection for marine scientists. 

This map shows the catchment areas and fishing ports where Donegal Catch Irish haddock and whiting are caught and landed in Ireland.

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Meet one of our Donegal Fishermen

As part of our Irish sea to plate journey, we would like to introduce you to one of our fishermen, Frank McClenaghan. Frank is a third-generation fisherman from Greencastle, Co. Donegal. His boat, the Foyle Warrior, is an approved member of Fishery Improvement Projects.

Meet one of our Cork Fishermen

As part of our Irish sea to plate journey, we would like to introduce you to another one of our fishermen Owen O’Sullivan. Owen is a third-generation fisherman from Castletownbere, Co Cork. His boat, The Tea Rose, is an approved member of Fishery Improvement Projects.

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Origin Green

We are delighted to be working with Bord Bia as a proud member of Ireland’s Origin Green food and drink Sustainability Programme. This programme enables Ireland’s food industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets. We have committed to sustainability targets under the Origin Green Charter and have had our sustainability plans independently verified by international auditors. Some of those targets include:

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Water
Reduce our water usage by 1.5% per unit of output by 2025
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Waste
Reduce our waste streams by 12% per unit of output by 2025
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Energy
Reduce our energy consumption by 12.5% by 2025 as measured by unit of output.

People

Meet the team

Sharon Haslam- Food and Quality Technologist

Sharon Haslam

Food and Quality Technologist
Olga Maguire - Accounts Management

Olga Maguire

Accounts Management
Mary Hannon - Meet the Team

Mary Hannon

General Operative
Laura Maheady - Frozen Production Team Leader

Laura Maheady

Frozen Production Team Leader
Joe Hannon - Factory Manager

Joe Hannon

Factory Manager
Aoife Mc Kenna

Aoife Mc Kenna

Supervisor
Aleksejs Danilovs - General Operative

Aleksejs Danilovs

General Operative
Adnan Mohammed

Adnan Mohammed

General Operative
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Meet our Team

Our primary fish processing facility is located in Gurteen, Co Sligo and has been in continuous operation since 1984. Green Isle Foods is the largest purchaser of white fish from the Irish catching sector and processes over 20% of Irish landed haddock and whiting.

Place

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