Portuguese Freitasmar’s tuna products achieve Friend of the Sea certification
Freitasmar – Portuguese company specialized in production of canned seafood – has recently achieved 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 by Friend of the Sea certified supplier Frabelle, a fishing company from the Philippines. The fish is caught through purse seine method in the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean. Fish stocks are not overfished or overexploited in those areas.
The presence of a specific traceability system assures that certified products respect the certification requirements, excluding the possibility of a mix with non-certified products.
“Offering high-quality sustainable products has been our main priority for years,” explains José Maria Freitas, Freitasmar’s CEO. “Achieving the Friend of the Sea international certification is a big step forward for our company.”
Freitasmar is a Portuguese company, founded in 1994 and headquartered in Vila Nova de Gaia. The company produces a large variety of canned seafood products, and distributes them internationally. In 2013, Freitasmar inaugurated a new factory, based in the Port of Olhão, Algarve.
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.