Indonesian PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa obtains Friend of the Sea certification for tuna
PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa (PT KCBS) – an Indonesian tuna catch and processing company, wholly owned by Yamako Pacific Pte Ltd – has recently obtained the Friend of the Sea certification for Skipjack and Yellowfin tuna. The company complies with all Friend of the Sea requirements and can now display the official seal of approval on its products.
All tuna species are fished through pole and line method, without affecting or damaging the seabed, by Friend of the Sea approved vessels, in the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean. This fishing method prevents any overfishing or the stocks being overexploited in those areas. In addition, all fleets are in compliance with the management measures and there is no bycatch of any endangered species.
Certified suppliers have also implemented an efficient waste management system to reduce pollution and optimizing all resources.
“Achieving the Friend of the Sea certification is an important step forward for PT KCBS and it reinforces our sustainability efforts,” says Masayuki Takaku, PT KCBS General Manager. “It sends a very clear message to our customers and suppliers regarding our continual commitment to sustainability. We are very proud to have achieved this recognition.”
PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa
PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa (PT KCBS) is an environmentally-friendly and sustainable Pole and Line fishing operation and Proton Freeze processing company located in Maumere Flores, Indonesia. This company was incorporated more than 10 years ago and is specialized in tuna catching and processing. Its Proton Freeze equipment produces Katsuoboshi (Smoked Skipjack Tuna) and Saku (Sashimi Grade Yellowfin Tuna) that meet the stringent Japanese import standards and are well received on the Japanese market.
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 500 companies in more than 50 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.