Invitation to the Friend of the Sea Day – Chennai

International certification scheme for sustainable fishing and aquaculture products



I would personally like to invite you to our Friend of the Sea day taking place on Friday the 17th of September from 9-13pm.

This event will take place in the GRT Grand, 120, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T. Nagar, Chennai. There will also be a free lunch provided for those who would like to stay with us.


Why participate?

 World fishing captures have reached a maximum of approx. 90 million tons in 2000 and from then, due to overexploitation of main stocks, the resources have gradually reduced, compensated only in part by the increase of aquaculture fishing methods. Aquaculture itself, however, can also have an impact on the environment through the use of fish-feed which come from the capture of marine fish species.
Recently both consumers and producers are becoming increasingly more aware of the danger of over-exploitation of fish resources and the potential environmental impact of fishing and aquaculture. Most of the World’s largest distribution companies have begun to implement purchasing strategies which favor sustainable seafood products deriving from environmental conservation initiatives.
The Friend of the Sea project, originates from the Earth Island Institute’s Dolphin-Safe Project – the precursor of all sustainable seafood certification schemes. By gaining certification and using the Friend of the Sea label your Company can assist the well being of the world’s oceans.

The meeting will allow participants to:
– Acquire the latest fishing and aquaculture market news
– Gain a knowledge of the environmental impact problems facing fishing production
– Gain a full understanding of how the Friend of the Sea project works and how to join
– Get to know the Indian and International companies who already have Friend of the Sea certificated products


Mr Paolo Bray – Founder & Executive Director of Friend of the Sea
Mr Ravi Gautham – Friend of the Sea India
Mr Yugraj S Yadava – Director of Bay of Bengal Program Inter-Governmental Organization (BOBP-IGO)
Mr Kalesh Gupta – Aqua Alliance – West Coast Frozen Foods
Mr Manjunath – Sharat Industries Ltd – Factory Manager
SGS India

Please confirm your participation to Rebecca Gledhill at +39.025821511 or skype Rebecca-FOS by the 10th of September 2010 also indicating if you will be staying for lunch.

For more information about how to arrive in the GRT Grand Hotel

To know more about Friend of the Sea check the institutional video:

Yours sincerely,
Executive Director – Mr Paolo Bray
Friend of the Sea
Tel: +39 348 565 0306

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