ICV Africa Affiliations

ICV is affiliated with the following organizations which form part of our sustainable fishing practice strategy

Friend of the Sea – Seafood Sustainable Certification Fisheries Aquaculture

Friend of the Sea is a non-profit non-governative organization (NGO), whose mission is to conserve the marine habitat.

Friend of the Sea was founded by Paolo Bray, Director of International Programs – Dolphin-Safe Project / Earth Island Institute. The Dolphin-Safe Project saved millions of dolphins from death in tuna fishing nets and started the sustainable seafood movement. Friend of the Sea is now a main international certification project for products originating from both sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Certified products from all continents include most of the traded species, fishmeal, fish feed and Omega-3 fish oil.

Products and their origins are audited onsite by independent international certification bodies, against strict Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria.
Friend of the Sea Criteria follow the FAO – Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. In particular,
only products from stocks which are NOT OVEREXPLOITED can be certified (Art. 30 FAO Guidelines).

Friend of the Sea is now a main international certification project for products originating from both sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Certified products from all continents include most of the traded species, fishmeal, fish feed and Omega-3 fish oil. Products and their origins are audited onsite by independent international certification bodies, against strict Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria. Friend of the Sea Criteria follow the FAO – Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. In particular, only products from stocks which are NOT OVEREXPLOITED can be certified (Art. 30 FAO Guidelines).

SUSTAINABILITY is no doubt the keyword to the future: the only way to ensure a future for us and for the generations to come. Sustainable Seafood is part of this philosophy. Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein and represents the main food source for over 2,5 billion people. Marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ over 200 million people. Oceans make up 97% of the Earth’s water and absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans. The only way to keep on benefiting from oceans’ resources is to respect them. 

Friend of the Sea strives daily to make sustainability a reality, involving more and more key players in the project. We lead fisheries to adopt selective fishing methods, reduce ecosystem impact and manage within Maximum Sustainable Yield.

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