Ensis Fisheries Pvt. Ltd. of Maldives has achieved Friend of the Sea certification for its hand line along with pole&line fishery. Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) from the certified vessels operating in Western Indian Ocean (FAO area 51) are now authorized to carry the Friend of the Sea eco-label.
Targeted tuna stock of yellowfin and skipjack is considered to be not overexploited according to the latest assessments. No protected areas, such as corals and seamounts, are affected by the fishing activity. Fishermen catch only specimen of yellowfin over 18Kg and skipjack over 1.2kg. The company is also approved Dolphin-Safe by the Earth Island Institute.
Ensis has a traceability system in place and it can demonstrate which products originate from the Friend of the Sea approved fleet. The inspected vessels are registered under Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MOFA).
“The conduct of the audit was very professional so we are proud to have obtained the certification for Ensis”, claims Mr. Joby K Jose, who is in-charge of the certifications at Ensis.“We will continue to rely on Friend of the Sea for contributions to our commitments on sustainability.”
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 400 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins. Audits, based on best and most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies.
Ensis Fisheries PVT. Ltd
Ensis is the Number One exporter of fresh chilled tuna from the Maldives for the last 5 years. The state-of-the-art fish processing plant is located within 10 minutes drive to the airport and 20 minutes journey to the main seaport giving the best logistical advantages that has its edges in efficiency and quality over others. The company owns its own fleet of refrigerated trucks to transport the products in temperature controlled conditions ensuring the integrity of the cold chain from harvest to the customer.