South American caterer gets MSC certified


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 17, 2012

Surair Catering Services (SCS) is South America’s first catering company to achieve Marine Stewardship Council certification, the London-based organization announced on Monday.

And Suriname seabob shrimp will be the first MSC-labeled seafood dish prepared by SCS for a KLM flight departing from Suriname capital Paramaribo to Amsterdam. The Suriname seabob shrimp earned MSC certification last November, and it was the world’s the first tropical shrimp fishery to do so.

In 2009, KLM launched a sustainable seafood sourcing policy. And, as part of the policy, the Dutch airline is striving to serve MSC-labeled seafood on as many Amsterdam outbound flights as possible. The certification of SCS is an important milestone, as KLM can now, for the first time, serve seafood with the MSC eco-label on inbound flights to Amsterdam.

“The marine and coastal waters of Suriname represent a truly unique environment, harboring vast amounts of fish and tropical shrimp species, as well as dolphins, whales and the critically endangered leatherback turtle which breeds in Suriname,” said Launres Gomes, World Wildlife Fund manager for Suriname. “WWF Guianas congratulates SCS, the fisheries sector and Suriname on this important landmark for the protection of our marine resources. The MSC awareness for the need to protect our marine ecosystem.”

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