We are a member of the Tuna Conservation Group, TUNACONS, and with the support of the WWF, we are implementing a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for the purse-seiner fleet. This will enable us to obtain the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificate, which guarantees that seafood products come from sustainable fishing practices that are respectful of the environment.
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Our sustainability policies
NON-ENTANGLING FADS POLICY
Eurofish S.A is committed to the environment, the conservation of marine ecosystems, and is eager to ensure the sustainability of our main raw material: Tuna. We have adopted the use of NON-ENTANGLING FADS on our vessel in order to reduce the incidental catching of sharks and turtles.
These FADs will be made of biodegradable materials that will not impact marine ecosystems. In addition, we are committed to collecting any entangling FADs found in the sea, and take them back for proper disposal.
ANTI-SHARK FINNING POLICY
We do not allow shark finning on board its vessels, which consists on slicing off the fins of the shark at sea, and throwing away the remains.
PUBLIC POLICY FOR FAD MANAGEMENT FOR CM 3.7 ISSF
The Management of the Fishing Fleet of Industrial Group EUROFISH S.A. is committed to the implementation of the "Best recommended practices for the management of FADs in purse-seine fisheries for tropical tuna", for this we continue working on practical solutions to reduce possible impacts in the tuna fishery on adrift FADs which Are detailed below:
- Comply with flag state and RFMO reporting requirements for fishing statistics by set type.
- Voluntarily report additional FAD buoy data for use by RFMO scientific bodies.
- Support science-based limits on the total number of FADs used per vessel and / or sets on FADs made.
- Use only FADs that do not tangle to reduce ghost fishing.
- Mitigate other environmental impacts due to the loss of FADs, including through the use of biodegradable FADs and FAD recovery policies.
- For silky sharks (the main bycatch problem in sets on FADs) implement more mitigation efforts.
This policy references ISSF’s Technical Paper 2019-11 for Recommended Best Practices for FAD Management in Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries.
POLICY REGARDING FULL RETENTION OF ALL TUNA CAUGHT
As a responsible member of the fishing community, our Fishing Fleet through our crew on board,
supports and complies with the ISSF Conservation Measure 3.3 "Total Retention of Tunas" describes the
requirement of total retention of tunas on board vessels. purse seine and ensures that all the tuna
caught (skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye) will be retained on board the fishing vessel, except those unfit
for human consumption, or when in the final set of a trip, not enough space in warehouses to
accommodate all fish caught in that set.
Tuna "unfit for human consumption" means fish that:
- 1. is meshed or crushed in the purse seine net; or
- 1.1 is damaged due to shark or whale depredation; or
- 1.1.1 has died and spoiled in the net where a gear failure has prevented both the normal retrieval of the net and catch and efforts to release the fish alive.
"Unfit for human consumption'' does not include fish that is considered undesirable in terms of size, marketability, or species composition, or is contaminated as the result of an act or omission of the crew of the fishing vessel.