First Spanish cannery collaborates with SFP

A Spanish seafood canner has become the first to join up with nonprofit group Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to promote sustainable seafood.

The company, Frinsa, is a cannery based in Spain’s Galicia region, and will use its position to influence fisheries, regulators and other groups to adopt more sustainable methods. SFP is an NGO dedicated to working primarily in the retail sector to promote sustainable seafood sourcing.

“We are looking forward to being able to work alongside a firm like FRINSA and starting to apply our working methods in Spain,” said Pedro Ferreiro, who directs SFP’s Sustainable Markets program in Spain. “Sustainability in the fishing and aquaculture sectors is a concern which SFP shares with FRINSA and together we will be able to involve the whole supply chain in setting up measures that lead to real improvements.”

Frinsa produced more than 100,000 metric tons of canned tuna in 2013, ranking the company eighth in the world.

“This partnership is an important step forward in our company’s commitment to responsibility and sustainability,” said José Aller, head of sustainability at Frinsa. “We take care to ensure that all the fish and aquaculture products we process meet the highest quality and sustainability standards on the market and from now on we will be redoubling our efforts in close collaboration with SFP.”


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