Friend of the Sea is a non-profit non-governative organisation (NGO), whose mission is to conserve the marine habitat. Friend of the Sea was founded by Dr Paolo Bray - European Director of the Earth Island Institute's Dolphin-Safe Project. The Dolphin-Safe Project saved millions of dolphins from dying in the tuna 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, fishfeed 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 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. Friend of the Sea certification also ensures high quality standards in terms of energy efficiency and social accountability.
Friend of the Sea is constantly engaged in awareness campaigns to make all people, adults and children, conscious of the importance of purchasing only certified sustainable seafood.
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.