Sustainability is no doubt the keyword to the future, as it is the only way to ensure a future for current and next generations.

Friend of the Sea

ABOUT FRIEND OF THE SEA

Friend of the Sea is a non-profit, non- governmental organisation (NGO), whose mission is the conservation of the marine habitat.

Certified products include most of the traded species, fishmeal, fishfeed and Omega-3 fish oil. Products and their origins are audited onsite by independent international certification bodies, against strict Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria.

The certification requirements follow the for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. In particular, only products from stocks which are not overexploited can be certified (Art. 30 FAO Guidelines).

SUSTAINABLE FISH

Oceans serve as the world largest source of protein and represents the main food source for over 2,5 billion people. Oceans make up 97% of the Earth water and absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans on the earth. The only way to keep on benefiting from ocean’s resources is to respect them.

Friend of the Sea strives to make sustainability a reality, involving more and more key players in the project. Friend of the Sea leads fisheries which join the certification program to adopt selective fishing methods, reduce ecosystem impact and manage within maximum sustainable yield. The certification also ensures high quality standards in terms of energy efficiency and social accountability.

AQUACULTURE

The growth rate of worldwide aquaculture has been sustained and rapid, averaging about 8% per annum for over thirty years. Environmental impact concerns include waste handling, side-effects of antibiotics, competition between farmed and wild animals, and using other fish to feed more marketable carnivorous fish.


FRIEND OF THE SEA SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE CRITERIA REQUIRE:

● No impact on critical habitat
● Compliance with waste water parameters
● Reduction of escapes and bycatches to a negligible level
● No use of harmful antifoulants or growth hormones
● Compliance with Social Accountability
● Gradual reduction of carbon footprint

FISHERIES

Friend of the Sea certification program contributes to the health of the oceans by assessing and promoting sustainable fishing practices.


FRIEND OF THE SEA SUSTAINABLE FISHERY CRITERIA REQUIRE:

● Non-onverexploited target stock according to FAO, Regional Fishery Bodies and National Marine Authorities
● No relevant impact on the seabed
● Selective fishing method (max 8 % discards)
● No bycaught species included in the IUCN Redlist of endangered species
● Compliance with legal requirements (incl. TACs, no IUU, no FOC, mesh size, min size, MPA, etc)
● Energy balance and yearly fuel efficiency improvement
● Waste management
● Social accountability