F.C.F. Fishery Co., based in Taiwan, achieves Friend of the Sea certification for some of its purse seine fleets. Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) and skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis) tunas from the certified vessels operating in Western Central Pacific Ocean (FAO Area 71) are now authorized to carry the Friend of the Sea eco-label.
F.C.F. Fishery successfully completed assessment against FOS standard for sustainable and well managed fisheries.
Targeted tuna stocks of yellowfin and skipjack are considered to be not overexploited in the Western Pacific according to the latest assessments. No protected areas are affected by the fishing activity. F.C.F. Fishery certified tuna originates from purse seiners responsible fishing policies aiming at bycatch and discards reduction.
The company and vessels’ crews have been audited also for Social Accountability and have been found to be compliant with Friend of the Sea requirements.Waste management system is in place to avoid pollution at sea and in the harbors.
“We received market requests for Friend of the Sea certified tuna”, explains Mr. Chris Hsu, Vice President of F.C.F. Fishery.”The audit requirements are very strict so we are proud to have obtained the certification for some of our purse seiners. We will continue to rely on Friend of the Sea to increase the number of certified vessels.”
“FCF certification provides FOS processing companies with a wider availability of certified tuna”, comments Dr. Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Friend of the Sea is now de facto the standard for sustainable tuna as the greatest majority of the tuna industry has applied for our certification.”
FCF is a privately-held company founded in 1972 out of the need for a company in Taiwan to handle the transactions between the supply and demand of seafood products. FCF’s engagement in the trade of frozen tuna and operations of foreign fishing bases has resulted in it becoming one of the largest marine products trading companies globally. Over the past 40 years, FCF has been growing steadily despite times of difficulty in a harsh and competitive environment. Today, FCF is proud to be consistently ranked among the top 50 Taiwanese non-manufacturing corporations. FCF services the global market and has established a worldwide marketing and logistics network. The experience and industry knowledge have enabled FCF to develop an integrated supply chain solution for customers ranging from suppliers to retailers. The commitment to customers and partners has earned FCF the renowned reputation with clients around the world.
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.