Anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) by Spanish company Frigorífics Ros gain Friend of the Sea certification. The anchovies are caught in the North East Atlantic Ocean (FAO area 27) by approved vessels using purse seines which cause no impact to the seabed.
Anchovies are neither overfished nor overexploited. Stock biomass has been above Biomass Limit Reference point since 2010 and it is presently at historical high levels (ICES, 2014). Fishing is authorized only from March to the end of August. All boats are equipped with electronic logbook. Anchovies swim in single species shoals, thus no other species is normally bycaught in the process.
“When choosing the most reliable sustainability certification program, we selected Friend of the Sea as it is applying the strictest criteria and its label is visible and respected in the markets we target,” explains Mr. Francesc Ros of Frigorífics Ros. “Anchovies fishing method is highly selective, energy efficient and it has negligible impact on the environment”.
The origin of the Grup Ros goes back to 1930 when the first family company was founded. After two decades “Pescados Ros” became “Frigorífics Ros”. Finally, in the mid-90s a make-over of the three existing companies was performed. The core business is now trading and distributing fresh and frozen fish.
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 450 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.