Six Pevaeche tuna seiners confirmed FoS following renewal audit

Pevaeche’s purse seiners have successfully undergone Friend of the Sea renewal audit. The Pevaeche commercial group is composed of six vessels fishing in the Atlantic area and owned by Pevasa S.A Inpesca S.A. and Atuneros Vascos.

Yellowfin, Skipjack and Bigeye tuna from the seiners fleets operating in the Eastern Central (FAO Area 34) and South East Atlantic Ocean (FAO Area 47) are thus eligible to carry the Friend of the Sea eco-label. The fleet successfully completed assessment against Friend of the Sea standards for sustainable and well managed fisheries. Vessels of the same group, fishing in the Indian Ocean have also formerly achieved certification.

All vessels are registered with ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) and take part in the observers program initially requested by Friend of the Sea and currently also sponsored by the EU and entrusted to the Instituto Español de Oceanografía and AZTI (Spanish technology centre expert in marine and foodstuff research) and the Ocean Eye Company from Ivory Coast.

The fleet is also recognised by the Earth Island Institute as Dolphin-Safe.

Pevaeche has a responsible fishing policy aimed at minimizing the impact on immature fish and other associated species. By-catch and discards are less than 5% of the total. Sharks and turtles, if caught, are mostly returned back to the sea alive.

“Pevaeche places sustainability at the core of its business”, explains Mr. Guillermo Arrien, Commercial Manager of Pevaeche.

“We greatly appreciate the company’s effort to comply with all Friend of the Sea requirements and presence of onboard observers” adds Mr. Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea.


For 40 years Grupo Pevaeche has been delivering quality products to the best and largest canneries in the world, which continue to buy tuna for its high quality, seal of sustainability and service reliability. The product range consists exclusively of fish from associated fishing fleet run by Basque tuna companies Inpesca and Pevasa, both based in Bermeo. It is made up of 13 freezer tuna vessels that fish in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and catch 100,000 tons per year. All ships have a European health certificate and a HACCP system in place.
Tel: +34 946186425
Fax: +34 946885423
Commercial Manager – Mr. Guillermo Arrien

Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 350 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.
Tel: +39 348 565 0306
Executive Director – Mr. Paolo Bray