Friend of the Sea (FOS) announced an agreement with DESAD, the Turkish association of seafood processors, for the promotion of sustainable seafood certification and responsible consumption in Turkey.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), total seafood production in Turkey reached 623,192 metric tons. While only 25 percent is represented by aquaculture, farmed seafood production has grown annually by about 20 percent in the past decade.

“The agreement with Friend of the Sea confirms DESAD’s mission to promote sustainable production as well as companies and consumers environmental awareness,” said Niyazi Onen, DESAD president.

“Considering the growing global relevance of Turkey in food and seafood production we deem the official engagement to sustainable practices of the major seafood companies in the country to be extremely relevant,” said Paolo Bray, FOS director. “We believe that Friend of the Sea certification will help motivating also other companies in this direction.”

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