Our take on sustainability
The Nueva Pescanova Group is committed to the preservation of aquatic ecosystems and the marine environment. We have adopted the principles of the FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries – and for more than 50 years we have sourced seafood in a responsible manner.
We are aware that appropriate legal and biological regulations for the management of marine resources is the only way to sustainably exploit these stocks. Pescanova, a leader in seafood products, is committed to the protection of the aquatic ecosystems and of the marine environment. For that it promotes the maintenance of quality, diversity and availability of fishery resources in sufficient quantities for present and future generations.
We are committed to the ‘Pescanova Blue’ Sustainability Programme – the operational response of the Nueva Pescanova Group to the positioning of the guiding principles of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. The Programme is designed to guide, document and improve our activities in achieving our societal goals, to ensure we are sustainably sourcing our seafood products, responsibly offering high quality, safe, and nutritious seafood products, empowering all our workers, and improving the livelihoods of the communities we engage with.
Sustainable seafood sourcing
The Nueva Pescanova Group believes in responsible use of biological and other natural resources. We commit ourselves to produce evidences of sustainable sourcing within the “Pescanova Blue” Sustainability Programme, including a responsible fishing private standard for hake fisheries in Namibia, participation in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) as a constructive approach to improve fisheries management, and the recognition of the sustainability standards validated by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI). Additionally, we collaborate with industry associations and NGOs across the fishing and aquaculture sectors to promote the sustainability of the species we exploit.
We have also invested in the aquaculture sector to help supplying the increasing demand for seafood products, considering that the conservation of both natural resources and ecosystem biodiversity is essential to maintain ecosystems’ productivity. We are sustainably producing turbot in Spain, and Vannamei shrimp in Latin America.
Responsible seafood operations
We guarantee the traceability of our products and promote the research of advanced and innovative operations to optimize our performance and to minimize our impacts.
We have attained and maintain certification and accreditation by internationally recognized seafood fishing, farming and food processing standards, including:
- GlobalG.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practice)
- Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification
- International Featured Standards (IFS) Food certification
- British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety certification
Our commitment to the environment and quality
We work towards improving the environmental performance of our fishing, farming, and processing practices, as well as the safety of our food products.
Pescanova operates responsibly on land and sea by complying with the sector’s environmental legislation, standards and guidelines. Our seafood processing installations were awarded internationally recognized certifications and we actively implement programs aimed at reducing our environmental footprint and innovate to achieve excellence.