Sri Lankan company Lihini Sea foods (pvt) Ltd. positively concluded Friend of the Sea audit for yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and swordfish (Xiphias gladius). Derived products, from the fishing group vessels operating in the Eastern Indian Ocean (FAO Area 57), can now carry the Friend of the Sea sustainability seal of approval.
Yellowfin tuna and swordfish are considered to be not overexploited in the mentioned fishing area according to the latest stock assessments. No protected areas are affected by the fishing activity. None of the by-caught species are included in the IUCN Red list of endangered species.
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 Friend of the Sea program”, remarks Mr. Malintha Fernando of Lihini, “ Friend of the Sea has become the leading sustainability standard for many species and this recognition provides an important added value for our products”.
“Sustainability is a universal value and I am very glad to see that more and more companies in the Indian Ocean share our commitment”, adds Mr. Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea.
Lihini Sea Foods (pvt) Ltd
The incorporation of Lihini Sea foods (pvt) Ltd, started in 2004, is the result of experience gained through the years by its owner and management team in related trades. Factory is located closer to the two major landing sites, Negombo and Chilaw. The company is certified with HACCP, BRC, SSOP and GMP standards. Lihini sea foods’ is engaged in fishing using its own multi day fishing gears and contracted vessels in Indian Ocean. Lihini is able to fulfil demands in the industry to earn foreign exchange and to develop the economy of the country.
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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.