Since 2008, Friend of the Sea has been working every day to make sustainability a reality, ensuring that the fishing and aquaculture companies that have joined the certification scheme use sustainable fishing practices and reduce the impact of their actions on the ecosystem.

In recent years, the demand for ecologically sustainable restaurants has grown and today restaurant owners must adopt a responsible supply policy.

The Sustainable Restaurant Program was launched by Friend of the Sea to help people find the nearest restaurants serving sustainable fish.

It satisfies the genuine consumer need and, at the same time, selects and rewards restaurants, food chains and catering activities that serve at least one Friend of the Sea certified products.

Choosing a restaurant that serves Friend of the Sea certified sustainable seafood favours:

Healthy fish stocks

Fishing methods with low bycatch

Protection of endangered species

Respect for the marine habitat

Compliance with laws and regulations

Waste management and control

Social accountability

By joining the Sustainable Restaurant Program your restaurant will:

  • raise awareness of responsible consumption among clients;
  • take a credible stand on sustainability issues;
  • benefit from the visibility provided by Friend of the Sea.

The member restaurants will be added to:

  • our Mobile App dedicated to the project;
  • our website friendofthesea.org;
  • our co-marketing and communication activities.

Member restaurants will also receive gadgets and personalized marketing material.

For being part of the program, restaurants can choose between two options:

a) BASIC OPTION
This option is dedicated to the restaurants using at least 1 Friend of the Sea® certified seafood product.

b) GOLD OPTION
Member restaurants will be offered an additional opportunity: receive the Friend of the Sea certificate for the entire facility, after passing an audit to verify compliance with the following Friend of the Sea® Sustainable Restaurant Chain Criteria.

The Standard

The Friend of the Sea criteria for Sustainable Restaurant Certification require:

  • over 90% of served seafood (weight or number of species) from certified suppliers out of which;
  • over 60% of served seafood (weight or number of species) from either Friend of the Sea or Global Gap certified suppliers;
  • detailed identification of the origin of products;
  • specific traceability system;
  • social accountability.

Apply

Would you like to receive a quotation for Friend of the Sea’s audit and royalties to use our logo?
Please fill out the online Preliminary Information Form (PIF):

  • All information will be kept strictly confidential and implies NO commitment on your company’s part.
  • Friend of the Sea's certification is voluntary and NOT mandatory to gain access to markets.
  • The application process is NOT discriminatory on size, scale, management and minimum number of operators.
  • Friend of the Sea is a NGO and it strives to make participation in the audits affordable for all companies.
  • Please contact us for more information on Government funding which might be available in your Country for sustainability certifications: info@friendofthesea.org

To find restaurants near you that serve Friend of the Sea-certified products, download our App.

For more information about the project, please email operational@friendofthesea.org.