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Rio Mare and WWF, united for the oceans

A four-year collaborative partnership to promote sustainable fishing and the health of oceans.

In December 2016, we signed a partnership agreement on the responsible procurement of fish resources with WWF Italia and WWF International, involving all our brands: Rio Mare, Palmera and Saupiquet.

Our collaboration with WWF is based on a series of criteria and objectives aimed at promoting sustainable fishing practices and guaranteeing protection of the marine ecosystem.

http://partnership.riomare.it/

Our objectives

Procurement
Increase the procurement and production of sustainable products.

By 2024, 100% of the tuna procurement will be sourced from MSC  (Marine Stewardship Council) certified fisheries or from fisheries taking part in credible, robust Fishery Improvement Projects – FIPs.

By 2024, 100% of the other fish species sourced by Bolton Food (salmon, mackerel and sardines) will come from MSC/ASC  (Aquaculture Stewardship Council ) fishing activities or from FIP or Aquaculture Improvement Projects  – AIPs.

Traceability
Increase transparency and traceability for consumers.

Traceability for all vessels that supply Bolton Food with tuna.

The same principles of transparency and traceability developed for tuna will also apply to all other fish species.

Human rights

Development of a credible Human Rights Policy aligned with international best practices.

Inclusion of the Human Rights Policy in Bolton Food’s management system and in the company’s sustainability report.

The objectives of this partnership are both ambitious and challenging. The procedure to achieve 100% MSC certified fish or fish from robust FIPs is long and complex given that, to-date, the percentage of MSC certified tuna on a global level accounts for approximately 18%.

We will work together with WWF to raise awareness among all players in the industry, from suppliers to consumers, about issues related to sustainable fishing.

Thanks to our partnership with WWF, the achievement of MSC certification by a supplier in the Solomon Islands and Saupiquet’s commitment to a FIP in the Eastern Atlantic, we believe that, over the next few years, we will be able to rapidly increase the percentage of raw materials procured from MSC certified fishing activities in our portfolio.

Results to-date:

52.4%

TUNA FROM SUSTAINABLE SOURCES

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Robust FIP central and western pacific ocean OPAGAC2

Fishery Improvement Project in all the oceans

Beginning date: October 2016

Actors involved and supporting institutions:

  • Organizacion de Productores de Atun Congelado (OPAGAC)/Asociacion de Grandes Atuneros Congeladores (AGAC): made of 9 companies active in the fishing sector and owners of vessels (Grupo Albacora, Grupo Calvo, Grupo Garavilla, Grupo Ugavi, Grupo Nicra 7, Grupo Inpesca, Jealsa, Tunamol, Compania Europea de Tunidos)
  • Asociacion Nacional de Armadores de Buques Atuneros Congeladores (ANABAC): made by 4 companies operating in the fishing sector (Atunsa, Inpesca, Pevasa, Echebastar Fleet)
  • WWF

Number of vessels involved: 48 Purse Seiner vessels

Tuna species:

  • Yellowfin
  • Bigeye tuna
  • Skipjack

Goal: Obtaining the MSC certification for all the OPAGAC fisheries by 2021.

All the vessels involved are “Atun de Pesca Responsible” (Responsible Tuna Fishing) issued by AENOR (Asociacion Espanola de Normalizacion y Certification), the Spanish association for standards and certifications. This certification, the only in the world to include also the standards related to human rights as ILO 188, has been renewed by our Spanish fleet at the beginning of 2018.

Robust FIP central and western pacific ocean OPAGAC2

Robust FIP eastern pacific ocean TUNACONS1

Fishery Improvement Project in the Eastern Pacific ocean

Beginning date: September 2016

Actors involved and supporting institutions:

  • Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS): born from the cooperation of the tuna companies operating in the area (Negocios Industriales Real NIRSA, Eurofish, Grupo Jadran, Servigroup and Tri Marine)
  • WWF Ecuador
  • Ecuador Ministry of Acquaculture and fishing
  • National Fishery Institute (INP)
  • Foundation Fishery School of the EPO (EPESPO)
  • Experts of fishing activities and fishing areas management

Number of vessels involved45 Purse Seiner vessels (around 18% of the fleet operating in the region)

Tuna species:

  • Yellowfin
  • Bigeye tuna
  • Skipjack

Goal: Obtaining the MSC certification by 2020.

Robust FIP eastern pacific ocean TUNACONS1

Robust FIP eastern pacific ocean OPAGAC2

Fishery Improvement Project in all the oceans

Beginning date: October 2016

Actors involved and supporting institutions:

  • Organizacion de Productores de Atun Congelado (OPAGAC)/Asociacion de Grandes Atuneros Congeladores (AGAC): made of 9 companies active in the fishing sector and owners of vessels (Grupo Albacora, Grupo Calvo, Grupo Garavilla, Grupo Ugavi, Grupo Nicra 7, Grupo Inpesca, Jealsa, Tunamol, Compania Europea de Tunidos)
  • Asociacion Nacional de Armadores de Buques Atuneros Congeladores (ANABAC): made by 4 companies operating in the fishing sector (Atunsa, Inpesca, Pevasa, Echebastar Fleet)
  • WWF

Number of vessels involved: 48 Purse Seiner vessels

Tuna species:

  • Yellowfin
  • Bigeye tuna
  • Skipjack

Goal: Obtaining the MSC certification for all the OPAGAC fisheries by 2021.

All the vessels involved are “Atun de Pesca Responsible” (Responsible Tuna Fishing) issued by AENOR (Asociacion Espanola de Normalizacion y Certification), the Spanish association for standards and certifications. This certification, the only in the world to include also the standards related to human rights as ILO 188, has been renewed by our Spanish fleet at the beginning of 2018.

Robust FIP eastern pacific ocean OPAGAC2

Robust FIP eastern pacific ocean OPAGAC2

Fishery Improvement Project in all the oceans

Beginning date: October 2016

Actors involved and supporting institutions:

  • Organizacion de Productores de Atun Congelado (OPAGAC)/Asociacion de Grandes Atuneros Congeladores (AGAC): made of 9 companies active in the fishing sector and owners of vessels (Grupo Albacora, Grupo Calvo, Grupo Garavilla, Grupo Ugavi, Grupo Nicra 7, Grupo Inpesca, Jealsa, Tunamol, Compania Europea de Tunidos)
  • Asociacion Nacional de Armadores de Buques Atuneros Congeladores (ANABAC): made by 4 companies operating in the fishing sector (Atunsa, Inpesca, Pevasa, Echebastar Fleet)
  • WWF

Number of vessels involved: 48 Purse Seiner vessels

Tuna species:

  • Yellowfin
  • Bigeye tuna
  • Skipjack

Goal: Obtaining the MSC certification for all the OPAGAC fisheries by 2021.

All the vessels involved are “Atun de Pesca Responsible” (Responsible Tuna Fishing) issued by AENOR (Asociacion Espanola de Normalizacion y Certification), the Spanish association for standards and certifications. This certification, the only in the world to include also the standards related to human rights as ILO 188, has been renewed by our Spanish fleet at the beginning of 2018.

Robust FIP eastern pacific ocean OPAGAC2

Robust FIP indian ocean SIOTI3

MSC certified fishery of the Solomon Islands

Beginning date: April 2015

Actors involved and supporting institutions:

  • Tri Marine
  • Solomon Islands government
  • Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)
  • Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

Number of vessels involved8 Purse Seiner vessels, pole&line and handline

Tuna species:

  • Yellowfin
  • Skipjack

Certification date: July 2016

Robust FIP indian ocean SIOTI3

Robust FIP Indian Ocean OPAGAC2

Fishery Improvement Project in all the oceans

Beginning date: October 2016

Actors involved and supporting institutions:

  • Organizacion de Productores de Atun Congelado (OPAGAC)/Asociacion de Grandes Atuneros Congeladores (AGAC): made of 9 companies active in the fishing sector and owners of vessels (Grupo Albacora, Grupo Calvo, Grupo Garavilla, Grupo Ugavi, Grupo Nicra 7, Grupo Inpesca, Jealsa, Tunamol, Compania Europea de Tunidos)
  • Asociación Nacional de Armadores de Buques Atuneros Congeladores (ANABAC): made by 4 companies operating in the fishing sector (Atunsa, Inpesca, Pevasa, Echebastar Fleet)
  • WWF

Number of vessels involved: 48 Purse Seiner vessels

Tuna species:

  • Yellowfin
  • Bigeye tuna
  • Skipjack

Goal: Obtaining the MSC certification for all the OPAGAC fisheries by 2021.

All the vessels involved are “Atun de Pesca Responsible” (Responsible Tuna Fishing) issued by AENOR (Asociacion Espanola de Normalizacion y Certification), the Spanish association for standards and certifications. This certification, the only in the world to include also the standards related to human rights as ILO 188, has been renewed by our Spanish fleet at the beginning of 2018.

Robust FIP Indian Ocean OPAGAC2

Solomon island MSC Certified fishery4

MSC certified fishery of the Solomon Islands

Beginning dateApril 2015

Attori partecipanti e istituzioni a supporto:

  • Tri Marine
  • Solomon Islands government
  • Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)
  • Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

Number of vessels involved8 Purse Seiner vessels, pole&line and handline

Tuna species:

  • Yellofin
  • Bigeye tuna

Certification date: July 2016

Solomon island MSC Certified fishery4

1, 4 Through our strategic partner Tri Marine
2 Through our company Grupo Conservas Garavilla
3 Through our supplier Princes Ltd