Transmarina C.A. – Ecuadorian company operating in the ultra frozen fish market worldwide – has positively concluded the Friend of the Sea audit for tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, opah and swordfish from its sustainable fleet.
The onsite Friend of the Sea audit run by an international certification body has provided confirmation of sustainability and proper chain of custody. Following the auditor’s recommendations, the company has also drafted appropriate principles and criteria to further regulate its activity.
Transmarina’s purse seine and long line vessels operate in the Eastern Central Pacific Ocean (FAO area 87). Transmarina sustainable fishing policy includes a set of measures to reduce by-catch, to release accidentally caught vulnerable species such as turtles and sharks, and to avoid marine birds by-catch.
“The Friend of the Sea audit has represented a very important and positive experience for Transmarine”, comments Mr. Giansandro Perotti, Executive President of Transmarina C.A. “Friend of the Sea certification provides an important recognition of our conservation efforts and lower impact fishing method.”
TRANSMARINA C.A. was founded in Manta, Ecuador in 1980 and is today one of the companies with the highest rate of growth in the ultra frozen fish market worldwide. The facilities are located in the center of the southern East Pacific Ocean in a strategic position that grants competitive advantages that allows to have a very efficient operation.
TRANSMARINA C.A. has been HACCP and EU approved for exports to the North American and European market, and has been BRC and IFS certified.
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 400 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.