Friend of the Sea Recertifies SAPMER for Sustainable Seafood Production

Leading tuna producer recommits to practices that protect the marine environment

Friend of the Sea, the preeminent certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced today that it has renewed its certification of SAPMER purse seine fishery in Indian Ocean. The company can continue displaying the Friend of the Sea logo on its products.

Based on Reunion Island and founded in 1947, SAPMER is the pioneer operator of French Austral Seas where it operates a fleet of four deep freezer longliners fishing for Patagonian Toothfish and a pot vessel fishing for Rock Lobster. SAPMER initiated its tropical tuna activities in Indian Ocean 15 years ago and now operates nine super-freezer purse seiners freezing Yellowfin and Skipjack down to -40 °C. SAPMER offers tuna products such as loins, steaks, center cut, jars, cans etc., which are sold directly to professionals and end users via its direct to consumers shop called Les COMPTOIRS SAPMER (COUNTER).

SAPMER has developed a company culture that prioritizes sustainability and promotes its best practices through certification by independent recognized third parties. Men and women of SAPMER at sea and on shore are totally committed to a responsible and sustainable fishing approach” said Paolo Bray, Founder and Director of Friend of the Sea.

SAPMER tuna fleet is covered by a 100% human regional observer program operated by Bureau Veritas, one of the most demanding companies for audits and controls. SAPMER group complies with Dolphin Safe, FOS WILD and FAD Free certifications; is engaged in the Indian Ocean Fishery improvement project (FIP SIOTI) and is a participating company of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) complying strictly to its conservation measures.

The FAD free certification identifies tuna caught on free school to meet the specific demands of certain consumers. When looking for FAD free fish, be sure that certification comes from a trusted, verified source, such as Friend of the Sea. Friend of the Sea certification process includes a rigorous audit of a company’s methods and facilities. The review also takes a deep, detailed look at the production processes, including energy usage, pollution, use of materials and social policies regarding employees and the surrounding community.