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Fishing

How can we respect the balance of the marine ecosystem when working in the canned fish industry?   

By using a scientific, global and systematic approach and choosing to source only from those supply chains that are managed responsibly with the participation of all those involved: companies, fishermen and institutions.

The challenge involves working with all participants (including vessel owners, the canning industry, non-governmental bodies and organizational institutions) to find a balance among the three different aspects that make fishing truly sustainable: tuna stock status, marine ecosystem health and management of fishing areas.

 

A partnership for nature conservancy

In December 2016, we signed a responsible fish sourcing partnership with WWF Italy and WWF International involving all our brands (Rio Mare, Palmera and Saupiquet) and all our procurements. This agreement aims at raising awareness on the issues related to sustainable fishing among all the supply chain players, from suppliers to consumers.

In December 2016, we signed a responsible fish sourcing partnership with WWF Italy and WWF International involving all our brands (Rio Mare, Palmera and Saupiquet) and all our procurements. This agreement aims at raising awareness on the issues related to sustainable fishing among all the supply chain players, from suppliers to consumers.

The objective of this partnership is to increase the procurement and production of sustainable products:

  • By 2024, 100% of the tuna will be sourced from MSC certified fisheries or from robust fishery improvement projects (FIPs);
  • 100% of other fish species sourced by Bolton Food (Salmon, Mackerel and Sardines) will come from MSC/ASC fishing activities or from FIP/Aquaculture Improvement Projects – AIPs.

Sustainable raw materials

sustainable procurement tuna
sustainable procurement mackerel

sustainable procurement sardines

We support scientific research

In 2009, we were among the founding members of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), a global, non-profit organization whose members and partners include several of the world’s most eminent scientists, marine biologists and NGOs, including WWF International. ISSF’s objective is to guarantee tuna stock sustainability, reduce bycatch and promote marine ecosystem health.
Participating companies have chosen to conform to 22 conservation measures and to undergo annual audits.  

In 2009, we were among the founding members of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), a global, non-profit organization whose members and partners include several of the world’s most eminent scientists, marine biologists and NGOs, including WWF International. ISSF’s objective is to guarantee tuna stock sustainability, reduce bycatch and promote marine ecosystem health. Participating companies have chosen to conform to 22 conservation measures and to undergo annual audits.  

The most important measures:

  • To avoid making tuna purchases from vessels registered by the EU or RFMOs (Regional Fisheries Management Organisations) in the IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing) list;
  • To only make purchases from vessels registered in the ProActive Vessel Register (PVR);
  • To limit fishing capacity;
  • To only make purchases from vessels with an IMO (International Maritime Organization), UVI (Unique Vessel Identifier) or TUVI (Tuna Unique Vessel Identifier) identification number.

We diversify fishing methods

For some time now, we have been implementing a procurement policy that keeps account of different fishing methods and assesses various factors:

  • Environmental impact of fuels consumed for each ton of fish caught;
  • Risk of bycatch of other marine species;
  • Working conditions of fishermen;
  • Hygiene-sanitation safety;
  • Marketing of a high-quality product at affordable prices.

This explains why our tuna is sourced from Purse Seiners registered in the PVR register, using FADs or fished on Free Schools, or by means of the Pole & Line method.

Our fishing methods 2017 (%)

I metodi di pesca che utilizziamo 2017 (%)

We diversify tuna species

Tuna is a migratory species mainly fished in oceanic waters between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Eighty six percent of the tuna caught is constituted by two species: Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) and Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis).
According to the most recent ISSF stock assessment, 76% of the tuna stocks enjoys good health.

Tuna is a migratory species mainly fished in oceanic waters between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Eighty six percent of the tuna caught is constituted by two species: Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) and Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis).   According to the most recent ISSF stock assessment, 76% of the tuna stocks enjoys good health.

To protect the balance of the marine ecosystem, over time we have decided to gradually diversify the tuna species fished, by reducing catches of Yellowfin tuna from 100% to 56% thanks to the introduction of Skipjack, which now accounts for 44% of our supplies. We have made a commitment not to purchase or market either endangered species or species at risk of extinction, such as red tuna (Thunnus thynnus).

Tipe of tuna (%)

We diversify fishing zones

Our sourcing policy is based on ISSF indications and all the fleets supplying us with the raw material respect the ‘closed-to-fishing’ periods indicated by the RFMOs, to guarantee that tuna schools have adequate time to reproduce and repopulate. Most of our raw materials are sourced from the West Pacific Ocean, which, compared to other oceans, has the lowest incidence of bycatch.

Our procurement areas 2017 (%)

We oversee the supply chain

Traceability is an essential tool to guarantee food safety and promote the protection of the marine ecosystem.

For this reason, in 2015, we were the first Italian company, and among the first in the world, to obtain international ISO 22005 certification of our traceability system from DNV-GL (Traceability System in the feed and food chain). This certification enables us to monitor a complex supply chain like that of tuna.

The project:

  • involves more than 500 items produced on 10 production lines,
  • monitors and examines all suppliers globally through real-time access to procurement data,
  • enables us to provide detailed information, certified by an independent third-party, to consumers who request it on Rio Mare and Saupiquet’s websites.

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