Italian firm commits to 100 percent sustainable seafood

Published on
June 9, 2017

Italian prepared foods maker Bolton Alimentari and the World Wildlife Fund are teaming up to increase the sustainability and traceability of the supplier’s canned tuna and other canned seafood products.

The new four-year partnership is designed to move Bolton Alimentari’s Saupiquet, Rio Mare and Palmera brands toward 100 percent sustainable seafood sourcing.

“We strongly believe that a company like Bolton Alimentari has the responsibility to commit towards sustainable fishing and healthy oceans, and this collaboration with WWF is the concrete demonstration of our willingness to cooperate with such a relevant partner in undertaking credible long-term actions in order to change the market,” Bolton Alimentari President Marina Nissim said.

By 2025, Bolton Alimentari’s goal is to source 100 percent of its tuna from Marine Stewardship Council-certified fisheries or from robust Fishery Improvement Projects aimed at becoming eligible for MSC certification, the company said in a statement. The company made the same commitment for its other canned seafood products, including salmon, mackerel and sardines.

Already, Bolton Alimentari’s advanced traceability system, among the first in the world to be certified by an independent certification body in accordance to the ISO 22005 standard, allows each can of tuna to be traced from the supermarket shelf to the fishing area and boat. 

“In order to improve its overall transparency, Bolton Alimentari is committed to extend this traceability system also to the other seafood it commercializes,” the company said.

“The partnership with Bolton Alimentari provides a huge opportunity to influence the way seafood businesses operate and to affect positive change within global suppliers,” said Alfred Schumm, Director Fisheries for WWF. “By working together and sharing good practices, we aim to transform the seafood market and deliver large scale impacts that will improve the health of our oceans and the sustainability and transparency of the world’s seafood sector.” 

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