FoS and the Italian Aquaculture Producers Association sign collaboration agreement for environment sustainability

 Friend of the Sea and the Italian Aquaculture Producers Association sign collaboration agreement for environment sustainability.

Friend of the Sea has signed a collaboration agreement with the Italian Aquaculture Producers Association (API). The two organizations commit to collaborate actively mitigating aquaculture potential impacts on the environment in the Italian territory and promoting sustainable aquaculture procedures in Italy.

The agreement had been signed in the presence of Giuseppe Castiglione, the State of Ministry Undersecretary of Agricultural, Food and Forest Policies (see picture above).

Friend of the Sea will develop guidelines and it will provide technical support including training courses to promote sustainable aquaculture.

API received Friend of the Sea 2017 Award, in recognition of API’s commitment to the promotion of sustainable aquaculture in Italy.

“Friend of the Sea is by far the main sustainable aquaculture certification in Italy, with over 50 approved sites, and one of the major ones worldwide” explains Paolo Bray, Founder and Director of Friend of the Sea. “We are responsible for motivating farmers improve their practices and make consumers aware of the positive return on the environment generated by aquaculture when compared with other ways of producing animal proteins. We are glad to join efforts with API on this path toward sustainable aquaculture”.



Italian Aquaculture Producers Association

The A.P.I., founded in June 1964, is a non-profit corporation. It aims to protect, develop and consolidate all activities related to fish-breeding both in fresh and in salt and brackish waters. Consequently, it promotes any financial, scientific, technical, insurance, professional, union and legal interventions which may prove necessary to reach this target.


Friend of the Sea

Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 600 companies in more than 60 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainable origin of their seafood. Audits, based on the best and the most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies. Recently the program has expanded to the certification of sustainable shipping, ornamental fish and whale watching operators.