The Pevaeche commercial group is composed of six vessels fishing in the Atlantic area and owned by Pevasa S.A Inpesca S.A. and Atuneros Vascos.
Yellowfin, Skipjack and Bigeye tuna from the seiners fleets operating in the Eastern Central (FAO Area 34) and South East Atlantic Ocean (FAO Area 47) are thus eligible to carry the Friend of the Sea eco-label.
The fleet successfully completed assessment against Friend of the Sea standards for sustainable and well managed fisheries. Vessels of the same group, fishing in the Indian Ocean have also formerly achieved certification.
All vessels are registered with ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) and take part in the observers program initially requested by Friend of the Sea and currently also sponsored by the EU and entrusted to the Instituto Español de Oceanografía and AZTI (Spanish technology centre expert in marine and foodstuff research) and the Ocean Eye Company from Ivory Coast.
The fleet is also recognised by the Earth Island Institute as Dolphin-Safe.
Pevaeche has a responsible fishing policy aimed at minimizing the impact on immature fish and other associated species. By-catch and discards are less than five per cent of the total. Sharks and turtles, if caught, are mostly returned back to the sea alive.
“Pevaeche places sustainability at the core of its business”, explains Mr. Guillermo Arrien, Commercial Manager of Pevaeche.
“We greatly appreciate the company’s effort to comply with all Friend of the Sea requirements and presence of onboard observers” adds Mr. Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea.