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Certification of Products
from Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Friend of the Sea Certification

Friend of the Sea (FOS) works globally with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental choice in seafood.

  • A high level of social accountability is required, including a ban on child labour or forced labour and standards for worker’s health and safety.
  • FOS Chain of Custody standard is designed to ensure that certified seafood can be traced back to a sustainable and well managed source.
  • DNA tests are carried out on a sample basis on certified products to monitor traceability.
  • FOS certification requirements have been recognised as a top performer by several international benchmark studies.
  • The European Commission lists FOS among the main certification ecolabels for sustainable seafood in the report How do you choose your fish?
  • FOS is the only seafood certification programme to have gained accreditation from a member of the network of EU national accreditation bodies, Accredia.
  • Stakeholders are an important part of the FOS project, ensuring diversity of opinion, perspective and approach is integral in the programme.

Friend of the Sea Criteria

Sustainable products and their origins are audited onsite by independent certification bodies against Friend of the Sea criteria.


Target stock not overexploited

Maximum 8% discard of bycatch

No bycatch of endangered species

No impact on seabed

Compliance with regulation (TAC, NO IUU, etc)

Social Accountability

Yearly Carbon Footprint reduction


No impact on critical habitat (mangroves, wetlands, etc)

Escapes and bycatch reduction

Compliance of water quality parameters

No GMO, no growth hormones

Social Accountability

Yearly Carbon Footprint reduction


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