Friend of the Sea at Exposustentat

Friend of the Sea supports Brazilian Trade Show in Rio, focused on sustainability

Friend of the Sea will be sponsor at the first edition of “Exposustentat”, a Trade Show and Conference on Sustainable Solutions for Economic Development, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 13 and the 14th of June.

Exposustentat is the ideal meeting point for professionals and companies to present and discuss the most important topics in sustainability, impacts on the economy and sustaining the environment. The first edition will focus on the challenge of Blue Economy and Forestry in the country and the world, trying to find out the best solutions to manage Sustainable Agriculture’s Oceans’ and Energy’s resources.

Friend of the Sea Director Paolo Bray will speak on Thursday afternoon on the issue: “Sustainable fisheries in the future and the role of the certification programs.” (To know the conference program click here).

Seafood is one of the most important economic resource for the country, and Brazilian production is getting more and more importance worldwide.

Fishery activity supports the development of fishing centers in all Brazilian regions. Due to the great proximity of the stocks and the extensive coastline (8,500 km), with many available ports for the operation of the fishing fleets, Brazil is near the three greatest economic blocks and consumption markets in the world.

Brazil is also one of the countries with the highest growth in aquaculture worldwide and has 12% of the world’s freshwater reserves. Furthermore Brazil has a highly favourable climate for the development of fish farming, and great extensions of favourable areas to mariculture, which constitute the greatest potential sector for the increase of the Brazilian fisheries production; the three main commodities are marine shrimps, fresh water fish farming (tilapia, trout, tambaqui, surubin, pintado, pirarucu), bivalve molluscs (mussels, oysters and scallops).

For more info, please contact:
Exposustentat Brazil

Paolo Bray – Director
Friend of the Sea

Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international non-profit certification scheme for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Certified products are fished from not overexploited nor IUCN Redlisted stocks and with selective methods which do not impact the seabed. Those originate from aquaculture are reared with respect of critical habitat, with no use of antifoulants, GMOS and growth hormones.

Over 300 companies in 50 countries worldwide have relied on Friend of the Sea to certify the sustainability of the origin of their products. An estimated 40% of applications either do not qualify for audit (eg: because targeted stock is officially overexploited or data deficient) or else they do not pass the actual onsite audit (for non conformity with other requirements). Selectivity provides further assurance to consumers on the reliability of the certification. Nowadays 70 different species are available on the market with Friend of the Sea seal of approval.