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Scallop producer lands sustainabilty boost

15 July 2019, at 1:22pm

Acuapesca Group, one of the world’s largest scallop farmers, has earned recertification for sustainable seafood production by Friend of the Sea.

The company, which is based in Lima, is dedicated to farming, processing and marketing Peruvian scallops (Argopecten purpuratus) for foreign markets. Over the last 25 years, Acuapesca has been the national and regional leader in the harvest and export of this species. As of this June, the company is also the first farm producer of organic scallops in the world. It has been certified by Friend of the Sea since 2009.

Acuapesca Group places an emphasis on environmentalism and quality. In addition to the Friend of the Sea certification, the company’s processing factory has BRC, IFS, ISO9001, and BASC certifications. The Friend of the Sea certification covers the company’s pre-processing and export operations. To pass the certification audit, the company must demonstrate, among other things, a clear identification of the origin of products and the fishing methods used in their production. Products from Acuapesca Group come with labels and printed bags that can demonstrate traceability back to the product’s origin.

“We are very pleased to again bestow our certification on Acuapesca Group and its family of companies that put a priority on sustainable practices,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “They have a large-scale, complex operation, so the certification was not a simple process. We admire their commitment to the environment.”