Spanish multi-product seafood producer commits to environmentally responsible practices in fishing and production of fish products
Comercial Pernas SL, one of Spain’s leading seafood producers, has earned certification for sustainable seafood production by Friend of the Sea. Friend of the Sea is the preeminent worldwide certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment. With this certification, Coper can display the Friend of the Sea eco-label on its products.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Coper into the ranks of companies that take marine environmental sustainability seriously,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “In their case, they made the commitment to an environmental review of their entire production chain. This took effort and investment, an investment the market is choosing to reward.”
Coper was founded in 1988. The goal of the venture was to represent companies that supplied the canning industry. From its base in Pontevedra, Spain, on the Ria de Vigo, the company grew significantly over time, eventually operating an exclusive commercialization of fish from PEVASA and INPESCA Group’s fleets in Europe and North of Africa. Coper markets 80,000 tons of product per year, with revenues topping €200 million.
Their most well-known public brand is Ocean King. Coper also participates, as share holder of Atunlo, in several manufacturing plants dedicated to the preparation of raw and cooked tuna loins. Coper offers products made from multiple species of tuna, cephalopods like octopus and squid and pelagic fish such as sardines and mackerel.