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Transmarina Ecuadorian Tuna Fleet Certified Sustainable

Charlotte Rowney
12 September 2014, at 1:00am

ECUADOR - Transmarina C.A., an 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,” commented 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.”