Grupo Pescanova's Annual Report quote

Our Take On Sustainability:

Pescanova believes in maintaining seafood, people and environmental resources by minimizing the impact of fishing and farming.  That is why Pescanova and its subsidiaries worldwide fully cooperate with national and international environmental NGOs, constantly seeking better ways of extracting resources while also preserving them for future generations.

Our vertically integrated company gives us an advantage over similar players in the seafood commerce industry allowing us full control over each step in the process.

We define sustainable seafood business as:
–        Social responsibility
–        Respect for the Environment
–        Responsible fishing and aquaculture practices
–        Product traceability

Pescanova is aware that having an appropriate legal and biological framework for the management of sea resources is crucial and the only way to sustainable and stable annual catches.

Our Products:

We pride ourselves on carrying an array of products that are fully traceable to our vessels and farms.

We offer the highest standard of quality, purity and safety in our line of cooked and raw seafood products while also being socially and environmentally responsible.

Our shrimp and fish processing plants and farms have multiple third party certifications on safety and sustainability such as BAP, Global GAP, IFS and ISO.

The Pescanova fishing fleet complies with the principles and regulations established in FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

We are fully involved and support Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) sustainable efforts through Best Aquaculture Practice standards.  Pescanova is not only a founding member of GAA but also a member of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Our Partners:

Third-party sourced products are held to the same high standards as products from our own vessels or farms, always guaranteeing full traceability and compliance with regulatory requirements and sustainability.  We develop long term partnerships with our suppliers and require them to conduct yearly social and food safety audits in addition to frequent visits from our QC personnel.

Pescanova’s Current Sustainability Efforts by Product:

–        Artisanal fishing fleet (30 – 50 ft vessels)
–        Long-line targeted fishery to minimize by-catch
–        Strict compliance with minimal fish size
–        Compliance with vessel license
–        Short trips to maximize quality and value for the fishermen

Patagonian Toothfish / Chilean Seabass
–        Strict compliance with assigned fishing quota
–        Strict compliance with close waters
–        Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) / GPS controls in all fishing vessels
–        Catch certification by the government or government appointed entity
–        Targeted fishery to minimize by-catch
–        Full compliance with the Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
–        Full traceability to the vessel – legally caught fish
–        Full compliance with NOAA for the importation of Seabass into the USA
–        Pescanova is a member of COLTO
–        Access to MSC certified fisheries from South America and Australia

Caribbean Spiny Lobster
–        Strict compliance with Close season
–        Strict compliance with minimum size
–        Full traceability to harvest vessel and harvest areas
–        Trap-caught lobsters
–        Participation in fisheries improvement projects in the region

Vannamei Shrimp
–        All farms are located in areas with low environmental sensitivity
–        All farms are certified either by BAP or Global GAP
–        We are engaged in mangrove restoration projects in central and south America
–        We are vertically integrated from Larvae labs to processing and distribution
–        All our farms have active bio-security programs
–        Our farms conduct internal research to minimize feed waste by altering feed formulation as well as feeding systems
–        Our farms are always improving on energy consumption and maximizing the use of alternative energy sources

Atlantic Salmon
–        All our farms are in compliance with Salmon GAP
–        Our farms are in the process of obtaining BAP certification
–        We are in compliance with all in-country regulations
–        Strict compliance of rest periods on all farm sites
–        Strict control of maximum stocking density of grow-out areas
–        Continuous research to maximize feed conversion rates via meal improvements or feed pellets
–        Our farms are always improving on the energy consumption and maximizing the use of alternative energy sources


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