Sardines and mackerels from Merveilles des Mers – leading Moroccan company specialized in canned seafood – have positively undergone audit for sustainable fishery and chain of custody verification. Certified products can now carry the Friend of the Sea seal of approval.
The sardines and mackerel stocks are not overexploited in the Eastern Central Atlantic area from which Merveilles des Mers is sourcing. Purse seine fishing does not impact the seabed and it is very selective. Fishing gears comply with local regulations, both for net and mesh size. The fishery respects Marine Protected Areas. All fishing vessel supplying the factory are regularly registered and a fishing authorization is issued by local maritime authority before and after the fishing trips.
A comprehensive traceability system is in place to guarantee that all Friend of the Sea requirements are fulfilled and that no mixing occurs between certified and not certified origins.
“We share the same sustainability vision of the Friend of the Sea program”, Mr. Mustapha Oubarka, General Manager of Merveilles des Mers. “Friend of the Sea has become a leading standard for sustainable seafood and this recognition provides an important added value for our customers”.
Merveilles des Mers
Based in Tan Tan, a southern Moroccan town known for its fishing port and its rich fisheries resources, the company Merveilles des Mers specializes in canned sardines and mackerel since early 2012. To meet the quality standards and international market requirements, Merveilles des Mers is endowed with modern facilities and a demanding process which places it today, as a reference unit in the area of Distributors Brands in Europe, for major European groups in the distribution industry.
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.