We manage sustainable models
and we are respectful with the ecosystem
We are moved by
a solid purpose
Sustainability is an essential part of our business and the operations we carry out. The year 2020 was very special due to the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 disease, which represented great challenges for everyone in the world. For the Ecuadorian tuna sector, it was a challenge to be able to maintain operations in an interrupted manner during the most critical time of the pandemic; and maintain our commitment to the country and our consumers, which is why we continue our management, always preserving the health and safety of our collaborators. Our quick reaction and implementation of biosafety protocols became an example to be followed by various strategic industries in the sector.
We defined 4 pillars of sustainability that are
connected to the heart of our business
We adhere to the 10 principles of the
United Nations Global Compact initiative - Red Ecuador
Our company has responded to the call to action of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, contributing to 5 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) detailed below. Through this report, we share our results in favor of sustainable development and the specific goals with which we contribute to the SDGs.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Responsible Production and Consumption
Life of Terrestrial Ecosystems
We support our vision and our work with
transparent data and reports
Code of ethics
We are commited with the ISSF
International Seafood Sustainability Foundation
Anti shark finning policy
As a responsible member of the fishing community, our Fleet does not allow the practice of shark finning, which refers to the retention of any shark fin while discarding the carcass at sea.
Our fishing fleet is committed to ensuring that sharks are landed in port with their fins attached naturally, if they retained.
Our fishing fleet does not conduct transactions with vessels that carry out shark finning and/or do not land all sharks with fins naturally attached, if retained, or with vessels that has not established a public policy regarding this issue.
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:
- is meshed or crushed in the purse seine net; or
- is damaged due to shark or whale depredation; or
- 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.
Non entangling FAD's Policy
The fishing companies associated to Eurofish, committed with the environment, the protection of marine ecosystems and with the aim of maintaining the sustainability of our main raw material: tuna, has adopted the use of NON-ENTANGLING FAD´S for the whole fishing fleet in order to reduce bycatch of sharks and turtles.
These devices are constructed with biodegradable materials that do not alter the marine ecosystems, additionally it compromise to pick up any entangling device that is in the sea and to take to port for its collection like waste.
Best practices for sharks, sea turtles and sea birds
The fishing companies associated to Eurofish, in order to assure the best practices for sharks, sea turtles and seabirds are required onboard its vessels and are commited to the use of the following mitigation management measures (best described in ISSF CM 3.6):
- Using circle hooks and only monofilament lines (e.g., the use of wire trace is prohibited);
- Implementing by the crew of best practice handling techniques such as those outlined in the ISSF Skippers’ Guidebook to Sustainable Longline Fishing Practices; and
- Not using “shark lines” at any time.
- Using whole finish bait;
Public Policy for FAD Management
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.
We commit to:
- Completely and accurately fill out logbooks, including FAD logbook information, by set type required by Ecuador/CIAT and submit them to the required authority and/or RFMO; via electronic reports or as needed.
We commit to:
- Achieve 100% observer coverage on all fishing trips through the regional observer program operated by IATTC.
- Achieve 100% observer coverage, even if not required by the RFMO, on all fishing trips through the use of human observers or a combination of human observers and voluntary electronic monitoring. For emerging markets, the minimum best practice standards developed by ISSF, or those developed by the RFMO, shall be followed; or
- Achieve the observer coverage required by Ecuador/IATTC and study the feasibility of increasing observer coverage through electronic surveillance.
We also commit to:
- Collect data on the number of active FADs and FAD activity (deployments, visits, sets and losses) as required by IATTC and submit to the required authority and RFMO.
- Authorize the satellite data buoy provider to provide daily buoy position data to the Undersecretariat of Fisheries Resources to estimate the number of active FADs and voluntarily submit it to the RFMO].
- Voluntarily report additional FAD buoy data for use by RFMO scientific bodies.
We commit to:
- Participate in an IATTC scientific program by providing daily positions and echo sounder data for each FAD owned by the company, with a delay as necessary to ensure confidentiality, or
- Participate in an IATTC scientific program by providing daily positions and echo sounder data for 100% of company-owned FADs, with a lag as necessary to ensure confidentiality, or]
- Report daily position data from FAD buoys to the relevant RFMO scientific bodies and/or national scientific institutions and/or flag State, with a maximum lag of 90 days. This data will be available to the relevant RFMO for scientific purposes.
- Provide acoustic biomass data from FAD buoy echo sounders to the relevant RFMO scientific bodies and/or national scientific institutions and/or flag State, with a maximum delay of 90 days. This data will be available to the relevant RFMO for scientific purposes.
- Support science-based limits on the total number of FADs used per vessel and / or sets on FADs made.
We commit to:
- Support scientific limits on the total number of FADs used per vessel and/or sets of FADs manufactured.
- Have no more than 340 active FADs per vessel at any one time, even if a higher number is allowed by the Undersecretary of Fisheries Resources; or tespect the limit on the number of active FADs adopted by the IATTC.
- Deploy only FADs with satellite-tracking buoys;
- Respect the time area closure established by Undersecretary of Fisheries Resources.
- Use only FADs that do not tangle to reduce ghost fishing.
We commit to:
- Implement at least 20% of our FADs that are completely non-entangling (i.e. without any netting), in accordance with the ISSF Guideline for non-entangling FADs.
- Not deploy any «high entanglement risk» FADs in accordance with the ISSF Guidance for nonentangling FADs (> 2.5 inches or 7 cm Mesh); and/or remove from the water and bring back to port all «high entanglement risk» FADs in accordance with ISSF Guidance for non-entangled FADs.
- Mitigate other environmental impacts due to the loss of FADs, including through the use of biodegradable FADs and FAD recovery policies.
We commit to:
- Deploy 20% of our FADs with only biodegradable materials, except for raft flotation components, for which the use of non-biodegradable material should be reduced as much as possible, with the goal of increasing this to 100%.
- Study the feasibility of using FADs with only biodegradable material in their construction, except for the floatation structure of the raft; and/or
- Participate in design trials and testing of biodegradable FADs with the participation of RFMO and/or CPC scientific bodies or ISSF scientists.
- Participate in testing of locally sourced biodegradable materials in collaboration with scientific institution.
We commit to:
- Not deploy FADs deeper than 60 m and test simpler structures and smaller FADs to reduce their impact; or study the feasibility of deploying simpler and smaller FADs.
- Participate in research to determine FAD deployment areas that have a high risk of stranding, providing historical monitoring data to TUNACONS/CIAT; and/or participate in a project with TUNACONS/CIAT to alert them of FADs moving in the direction of Ecuador/Galapagos to remove stranded FADs.
- Participate in trials of FAD recovery programs with the participation of RFMO and/or CPC scientific agencies or ISSF scientists.
We also commit to:
- Remove from the water and bring back to port all FADs found with non-biodegradable items (e.g., plastic containers);
- For silky sharks (the main bycatch problem in sets on FADs) implement more mitigation efforts.
We commit to :
- Implementing best practices for the safe handling and release of sharks and rays brought on board; or
- Practice best safe handling and release of sharks and rays brought on board.
This policy references ISSF’s Technical Paper 2019-11 for Recommended Best Practices for FAD Management in Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries.
This policy was adopted: January 01, 2023