Fish meal and oil by Turkish Kobyalar Group certified FoS from Black Sea anchovy fishery

Fish meal and oil from from European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) by Koptur Balıkçılık and Dalyan Su Ürünleri, companies of Kobyalar Group, are now carrying Friend of the Sea seal of approval. The Turkish companies and originating fisheries have been found compliant with Friend of the Sea certification requirements.

The fish meal and oil are sourced from anchovies fished in the Black Sea (FAO area 37) by Friend of the Sea approved purse seiners. The fisheries are managed according to sustainable criteria, with highly selective fishing method and no impact on the seabed. The target stocks are neither overfished nor overexploited. Mesh and net sizes are in compliance with legal requirements and ensure catch of anchovies within set minimum sizes.

A waste management system is in place and measures are implemented to avoid the dispersion of waste. Fuel consumption is monitored and Carbon Footprint reduction plan per product unit is in place.

“Friend of the Sea certification is an important recognition of our sense of responsibility and attention to the marine habitat. Friend of the Sea logo communicates a clear message to our customers that our products come from sustainable sources”, comments Duygu Kobya, Business Development Manager of Kobyalar. “We want to share this idea with all the fisheries operating in the Black Sea.”

“We’re glad that Kobyalar has placed its trust in our project: our common aim is the conservation of the marine habitat”, adds Paolo Bray Director of Friend of the Sea certification program.




Kobyalar Group
Kobyalar Group is a third-generation family company which supplies fish oil and fish meal to all over the world. Fish oil and fish meal are produced with the latest and most effective technology and evaporation techniques to keep and increase quality of the products. The capacity of the fish processing and the quality is increased every year and now with their partners and four companies Kobyalar Group has reached a capacity of 4.000 ton/day (year 2013). Kobyalar Grup has Turkey’s first and now only licensed fish processing plants.

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.