Petco is committed to offering marine aquatic life that is either aquacultured or collected through practices that include careful attention to the sustainability of both the animals and the marine environments where they live.
We're constantly working with our suppliers to make more aquacultured aquatic life species available to our customers as alternatives to wild collected aquatic life. We have discontinued the sale of marine aquatic life deemed not responsible to sell and have implemented a regular review process of appropriateness for all marine aquatic life available in Petco stores.
Where aquaculture is not a viable option, with input from industry experts and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), we've developed a Marine Aquatic Life Vendor Standards of Excellence program to set strict standards to purchase only from suppliers who engage in responsible collection and transportation practices.
Highlights of the Marine Aquatic Life Standards of Excellence program include the following:
Petco is committed to conserving and protecting the world’s oceans. In addition to our sourcing standards of excellence, we support nonprofits leading the way in aquaculture research and sustainability initiatives. Since 2018, Petco has donated nearly $500k to our partners, Rising Tide and Coral Reef Foundation.
Rising Tide Conservation is dedicated to developing and promoting aquaculture of marine ornamental fish through collaborative efforts of researchers, public aquaria, hobbyists and conservation groups.
Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF) is the world's largest non-profit marine-conservation organization dedicated to restoring coral reefs to a healthy state, in Florida and globally. Their core mission is to restore coral reefs, to educate others on the importance of our oceans, and to use science to further coral research and coral reef monitoring techniques.