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Nagua Achieves the Friend of the Sea Certification for Nautical Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 luglio 2021

Friend of the Sea, the global certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, has recognized Nagua Swiss Sagl for its line of ecological cleaning products that spare the ocean from the spilling of harmful chemicals. Accordingly, Nagua can now display the Friend of the Sea label on its nautical products.Nagua is a Swiss-based company that created an innovative line of eco-friendly cleaning products specially designed for boats. The idea was born out of the concern about the impact of chemicals spilled into the sea, particularly those present in products to clean different kinds of boats.Besides plastic, chemicals are the other significant contributor to sea pollution. From an invisible kind, but equally harmful. The residues of products used for cleaning boats and personal care while seafaring can end up in the sea, damaging the marine ecosystem. For this reason, Friend of the Sea developed the Sustainable Cleaning Standard to provide guidelines that promote chemical safety and reduce environmental impact.Nagua’s products are made from natural ingredients to give an ecological alternative to the usual chemical or petroleum-based products. The company’s nautical line, which includes universal degreasers, laundry detergent, floor and glass cleaners, as well as personal care items such as solid cosmetics and sunscreens, are made with over 95% of natural ingredients. The impact on the marine ecosystem is consequently minimal and sustainable.Additionally, Nagua’s products are not tested on animals and do not contain synthetic dyes or parabens. Packaging is optimized to reduce material waste and is made from recycled and recyclable plastic.

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Friend of the Sea Certifies Liaoyu Antarctic Krill Technology Development Co., Ltd

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 novembre 2020

Friend of the Sea, the preeminent certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced today that it has certified Liaoyu Antarctic Krill Technology Development Co., Ltd. for sustainable production of Antarctic krill and other seafood products. The Chinese company can now display the Friend of the Sea® logo on its products.“Liaoyu Antarctic Krill Technology Development Co., Ltd. shows how a seafood producer can be sustainable at scale,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “They have a very large and sophisticated operation, so it was no small thing for them to work through the audits and standards involved in getting certified. We respect their commitment to the environment.”Liaoyu Antarctic Krill Technology Development Co., Ltd. is a renowned marine industry player located in the Dalian bay area, near Korea, on China’s Liaodong Peninsula. They operate a modern domestic fishery base, offering a comprehensive product line. The company is known as an industry leader in the use of technology in seafood production. Liaoyu follows scientific and technological practices, integrating product research and development, production and market development. They commenced scientific research on Antarctic krill in 2010 and were able to fulfil industrial production of Antarctic krill oil and krill products by 2015. Antarctic krill are marine soft-shelled animals that live in the Antarctic waters. They are rich in high-quality protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids. As a result, Antarctic krill is a high-quality nutritional food. They are believed to have a variety of health benefits as well. Liaoyu’s products include Antarctic krill oil, Antarctic krill powder and Antarctic krill oil soft gels. The company also functions as an OEM for Antarctic krill.

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Friend of the Sea for Certified Sustainable “Eco Trips”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 luglio 2020

Friend of the Sea, the preeminent global certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, today announced a partnership with DiveCircle, the online tour operator for scuba diving excursions. DiveCircle is now offering “Eco Trip” diving experiences with sea turtles, manta rays and whale sharks, plus dolphin and whale watching experiences, that all meet Friend of the Sea’s standards for sustainability and protection of the species’ habitats.
“We are really thrilled to be working with DiveCircle on operationalizing the standards we have created to make watching marine life both fun and sustainable,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “It has taken a great deal of focus and effort for DiveCircle to conform its ‘Eco Trips’ to the standards, but we are confident the market will reward this investment with enthusiastic uptake of their diving experiences.”DiveCircle’s Eco Trips take place in a variety of exotic locales around the world. For instance, they are offering manta ray watching experiences in Egypt, Baja California and Maldives. Whale shark watching expeditions are available in Mexico, Tanzania (Mafia Island) and Madagascar. Cetacean trips, which include dolphin and whale watching, are offering in a similar range of destinations.“In DiveCircle we are all divers and we love the sea. Therefore, we believe that the sea and its inhabitants should be defended.” said Massimiliano Miglio, Founder and Director of DiveCircle. “Friend of the Sea fully reflects our ideas of defense of the sea. We believe that educating travelers, divers and snorkelers in respect and awareness is the right thing to do.”The standards set for sustainable watching of cetaceans, sea turtles, manta rays and whale sharks share all mandate a maximum number of vessels in the area at any one time. They limit maximum approach speeds and distances between the boats and the sea animals. At the same, they either prohibit swimming with the animals or establish minimum distances between divers and species. The standards all prohibit single-use plastics on board tour boats. Customers can interact with Friend of the Sea, giving feedback on their tours.

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Friend of the Sea Publishes Certification Standard for Sustainable Sea Salt Production

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 febbraio 2020

Friend of the Sea, the preeminent certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced today that it has published a certification standard for sustainable sea salt production. Sea salt production practices can have a significant impact on marine and coastal wildlife. Companies that meet the sea salt certification criteria can the Friend of the Sea eco-label on their sea salt products.“Salt is so common that we often forget that much of it comes from the sea,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Protecting the marine environment needs to include ensuring that sea salt production practices are sustainable.”The process of extracting salt from seawater has changed little in thousands of years. It involves trapping water in shallow ponds or “pans” and allowing the water to evaporate. The remaining salt can then be harvested and refined. Seasalt is used in food preparation, but also in many industrial applications like the production of chlorine.Sea salt production can affect the marine ecosystem and the well-being of both land and marine flora and fauna. This is due to the process’s tendency to disrupt the natural flow of water at the shoreline. The processes changes waterways, whichin turn potentially negatively affects feeding grounds, breeding and so forth.To meet the Friend of the Sea requirements, a sea salt producer must pass an audit. The audit examines the producers social and environmental management systems, emergency procedures, machinery and equipment, legal compliance and conservation of the ecosystem. In this latter category, the salt producer must affirm that construction of their salt pans has not destroyed any natural ecosystem. If there has been environmental damage, the salt producer must provide a mitigation plan. The audit also looks at the impact of the salt facility on the aquatic ecosystem and use of hazardous substances, along with many other factors.

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Coper Certified by Friend of the Sea for Sustainable Seafood Production

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 dicembre 2019

Comercial Pernas SL, one of Spain’s leading seafood producers, has earned certification for sustainable seafood production by Friend of the Sea. Friend of the Sea is the preeminent worldwide certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment. With this certification, Coper can display the Friend of the Sea eco-label on its products.“It’s a pleasure to welcome Coper into the ranks of companies that take marine environmental sustainability seriously,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “In their case, they made the commitment to an environmental review of their entire production chain. This took effort and investment, an investment the market is choosing to reward.” Coper was founded in 1988. The goal of the venture was to represent companies that supplied the canning industry. From its base in Pontevedra, Spain, on the Ria de Vigo, the company grew significantly over time, eventually operating an exclusive commercialization of fish from PEVASA and INPESCA Group’s fleets in Europe and North of Africa. Coper markets 80,000 tons of product per year, with revenues topping €200 million.Their most well-known public brand is Ocean King. Coper also participates, as share holder of Atunlo, in several manufacturing plants dedicated to the preparation of raw and cooked tuna loins. Coper offers products made from multiple species of tuna, cephalopods like octopus and squid and pelagic fish such as sardines and mackerel.

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Friend of the Sea and Friend of the Earth Expand Sponsorship of Conservation Projects

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 dicembre 2019

Friend of the Sea and Friend of the Earth, divisions of the World Sustainability Organization, have expanded their support for a wide range of conservation projects and campaigns around the world. Friend of the Sea, which is the leading global certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, is sponsoring efforts to save turtles, sturgeons, sharks, whales, albatross and more. Friend of the Earth, which has a comparable certification standard in agriculture, is working to save frogs, butterflies, snails, lemurs and rhinos, among many species it is seeking to protect.“Human activity has an impact on the total global environment,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “We are affecting the habitats and food chains of many different species, even ones we do not raise or consume for food. To mitigate the potentially disastrous impact of these activities, we are investing resources in proactively protecting a variety of endangered species.”
Friend of the Sea and Friend of the Earth are each overseeing a portfolio of 20 conservation projects. Friend of the Sea projects include “Save the Albatross,” “Save the Penguins,” “Save the Corals,” “FishWelfare,” “Save the Sharks” and more. Friend of the Earth is funding and managing programs such as “Save Parrots”, “Save the Primates,” “Save the Giraffes” and “Save the Bats.”The World Sustainability Organization pleas sustainable companies worldwide to support its conservation projects and campaigns, by means of donation or collaboration.“It is fundamental that the industry starts to proactively support conservation initiatives.” explains Paolo Bray “producing products in a sustainable way is only a first step towards a full involvement of companies to preserve our beautiful planet. Proactive conservation allows companies to give back to the planet”

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Friend of the Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 dicembre 2019

The global authority and certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced that it has recertified Morocco’s King Pelagique Group in multiple categories of sustainability. King Pelagique Group can continue to display the Friend of the Sea eco-label on its products.“King Pelagique Group operates a highly complex fishing and manufacturing business across multiple fish-related categories, so their dedication to sustainability is all the more impressive,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Getting recertified in multiple categories represents a non-trivial undertaking.” Friend of the Sea has recertified King Pelagique Group each year since 2013 for sustainable practices in the production of seafood, fishmeal, fish oil and Omega 3. Based in Dakla, Morocco, the 1400-person King Pelagique Group specializes in small pelagic fishing. This includes species like sardines, sardinella, mackerel and horse mackerel. The company is fully-integrated, meaning it operations span fishing, processing, freezing and canning. King Pelagique Group also produces fish-derived products like Omega 3 fish oils. King Pelagique Group has earned a number of certifications beyond Friend of the Sea. The company is BRC Food certified. They are also compliant with FDA and IFS food standards. For King Pelagique Group, sustainability is part of a bigger picture of economic development. As Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Zebdi explained, “We deliver our international customers the best of the Ocean. We want to be a catalyst for the development of our region.”
Friend of the Sea, a project of the World Sustainability Organization, awards sustainable practices in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Fishmeal and Omega 3 Fish Oil. The organization promotes pilot projects related to restaurants, sustainable shipping, whale and dolphin-watching, aquaria, ornamental fish, UV creams and others. It is the only sustainable fisheries certification program recognized and supervised globally by a National Accreditation Body.

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Working togheter to protect ocean

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 novembre 2019

Friend of the Sea lo standard di certificazione globale leader per prodotti e servizi che rispettano e proteggono l’ambiente marino, ha annunciato oggi la certificazione del Centro Studi e Ricerca Ambiente Marino (CE.S.R.A.M.) nella categoria sustainable dolphin and whale watching per gruppi di ricerca scientifica. La certificazione è in merito ai viaggi di studio dell’organizzazione e le sue spedizioni scientifiche e di formazione.CE.S.R.A.M. è un’associazione senza scopo di lucro fondata nel novembre 2010. Con sede in Calabria, perseguono obiettivi di utilità sociale nel campo della protezione e della valorizzazione della natura in generale e dell’ambiente marino in particolare. L’obiettivo dell’organizzazione è promuovere lo studio, la ricerca e la diffusione scientifica. Opera in Italia e all’estero, collaborando con altri enti, associazioni, gruppi e aziende che perseguono interessi simili.Per raggiungere i propri obiettivi, CE.S.R.A.M. organizza congressi e simposi, viaggi di studio e attività di educazione ambientale naturalistica. Offrono anche consulenza scientifica. Le spedizioni di ricerca gestite da CE.S.R.A.M. forniscono formazione scientifica e tecnologica e riqualificazione professionale, in particolare per la crescita e il miglioramento delle competenze professionali. Ciò è realizzato attraverso l’organizzazione di corsi di formazione, stage di lavoro e studio sia presso l’Associazione che presso centri di ricerca, università, enti pubblici e privati e aziende in Italia e all’estero.CE.S.R.A.M. svolge attività di ricerca ad alto livello scientifico, impegnandosi in collaborazione nazionale e internazionale per lo studio, il miglioramento e il monitoraggio dell’ecosistema marino e costiero. Si concentrano sui grampi (Grampus griseus), sulle stenelle striate (Stenella coeruleoalba) e sui tursiopi (Tursiops truncatus). I loro programmi prestano particolare attenzione alle specie protette e a quelle a rischio di estinzione.
Lo standard Friend of the Sea Dolphin e Whale Watching Sostenibile ha l’obiettivo di ridurre al minimo l’impatto su delfini e balene, insieme ai rispettivi habitat, causato dalle imbarcazioni e dalle attività umane. Per fare questo ha creato dei principi chiave di condotta, basati sulle più recenti evidenze scientifiche, come ad esempio il numero massimo di imbarcazioni consentito nella zona di osservazione, il divieto di utilizzo di sonar ed ecoscandagli, lo svolgimento di programmi di addestramento per operatori ed equipaggio e la raccolta di dati scientifici utili alla conservazione delle specie. Lo standard proibisce anche di nuotare con i cetacei e l’uso di plastica mono-uso.

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Friend of The Sea Certifies KD Nutra for Sustainable Omega-3 Production

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 luglio 2019

Friend of the Sea announced that it has certified KD Nutra, a brand of KD Pharma Group, to be compliant with Friend of the Sea standards. KD Pharma, which produces superior quality marine ingredients with a primary focus on Omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish, can now display the Friend of the Sea eco-label on its Omega-3 bulk oil sand supplements. Friend of the Sea is the leading certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment.“We have nothing but respect for responsible manufacturers like KD Pharma, who make the commitment to protecting the environment while offering humanity the best of the sea’s nutrients,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “We welcome them to our family of like-minded companies.”KD Pharma Group has made significant investments over the years in developing sustainable practices from harvesting and manufacturing to the practices of their corporate offices. For example, the plant in Norway operates primarily on hydroelectric power and uses residual fish oil by products as biofuel at the facility, resulting in virtually no material waste. KD Pharma process begins with natural marine oils sourced mostly from sardines and anchovies off the waters of Chile and Peru. Their fish oil is provided only by Friend of the Sea-approved suppliers and later processed at its factory in Norway. KD Pharma’s highly concentrated oils are refined at its facility in Germany, providing the input material for its center of excellence for soft gels in the US and for its blending and bottling plant in Norway.
The KD Pharma Group is the third largest Omega-3 producer in the world with 400 people and 7 sites located in Norway, Germany and the US. The company concentrates nutraceutical and pharmaceutical oils and makes customized finished products for its customers in soft gel capsule and bottled liquid forms. The KD Pharma Group has the global reach, technology and vertical integration necessary to develop customized Omega-3 products with complete supply chain efficiency for our customers. Visit to learn more: https://www.kdpharmagroup.com/en

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Corpesca SA Receives Sustainability Recertifications from Friend of the Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 giugno 2019

Friend of the Sea (FOS), the leading global authority and certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, has recertified Chile’s Corpesca SA in multiple categories of sustainability. Corpesca, considered the main fishing company in Chile,can continue to display the Friend of the Sea eco-label on its products.
Santiago-based Corpesca is a consolidated global producer of fishmeal and fish oil from marine sources. The company has made environmental sustainability one of the key pillars of its business strategy. They apply sustainable practices to the production of a wide range of fish-related products.
The 1400-employee company has numerous subsidiaries and extensive international operations. One indication of the scope of the company’s activities is its level of investment. In 2018, Corpesca invested $13.5 million (US) into its fishing fleet and $10.7million into industrial plants. Originally named Consorcio Pesquero del NorteSA, Corpepsca was formed in 1999 from the merger of the fishing and industrial assets of the Fishing Company Eperva SA, Pesquera Iquique-Guanaye SA and Sociedad Pesquera Coloso SA. These were the primary fishing companies operated in the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapacá and Antofagasta.
Friend ofthe Sea, a project of the World Sustainability Organization, awards sustainable practices in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Fishmeal and Omega 3 Fish Oil. The organization promotes pilot projects related to restaurants, sustainable shipping, whale and dolphin-watching, aquaria, ornamental fish, UV creams and others. It is the only sustainable fisheries certification program recognized and supervised globally by a National Accreditation Body.

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MEPs demand an end to migrant deaths across the Mediterranean Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 giugno 2018

Ahead of the next EU summit on 28-29 June, MEPs urge EU leaders to show real political will and draw up genuine solutions to finally end the migration crises. In a debate with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Deputy Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Monika Panayotova, on Tuesday morning, MEPs laid out their priorities for the next crucial EU summit in Brussels on 28-29 June.Some of the political groups urged EU leaders at the summit to put an end to formal discussions on migration and start working towards an agreement on the so-called “Dublin system”. They referred to the new Italian government’s recent decision to refuse a boat carrying migrants, the MS Aquarius, to dock in the country over the weekend as a “disgrace” and “a scandal”. EP President Antonio Tajani also called on EU leaders at the summit to press ahead with overhauling the Dublin rules, whilst pointing out that the European Parliament has adopted a clear position on the matter, based on solidarity. Some groups further stressed the need to build new European reception centres to assist migrants arriving in transit countries. Others highlighted that a solution to solve the migration crises, based on quotas and mandatory reallocation of refugees, simply cannot work, as demonstrated so far, and that other options need to be put on the table. MEPs also discussed US trade barriers and reforming the Eurozone, calling on the European Council to take further action with revamping the EMU.

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Friend of the Sea and fair-fish awarded Open Philanthropy Project grant to boost Fish Welfare

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 gennaio 2018

fair fish.pngFriend of the Sea and fair-fish international association have just been awarded a grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to promote animal welfare principles among Friend of the Sea’s aquaculture certified companies.As part of the two-years project, the FishEthoBase-research team of fair-fish international will assess the welfare of fish on most of Friend of the Sea’s aquaculture certified companies by direct observation of their current practices. Findings from these assessments will then be used to create farm-specific improvement recommendations and to develop animal welfare criteria for possible inclusion in Friend of the Sea’s standards. Additionally, Friend of the Sea and fair-fish plan to share their research through formal presentations at academic and industry conferences.
“Friend of the Sea plans to gradually introduce fish welfare requirements in its certification criteria” explains Paolo Bray, Founder and Director of Friend of the Sea. “Animal welfare is strongly tied to environmental sustainability and it is part of what consumers expect from a responsible aquaculture company”.According to the understanding of FishEthoBase, fish welfare is guaranteed if a fish can live up to the potential of the species and develop its individuality. Campaigns have led to the introduction of animal welfare legislation in the EU and other countries as happened in Switzerland with new Animal Welfare Law issued in 2008. However, fish welfare has often been regarded as a secondary issue. More recent studies confirming aquatic and other species are sentient, have initiated a new wave of initiatives in favour of animal welfare, such as in or in the United Kingdom where Environmental Secretary Michael Grove is the promoter of a proposala proposal to change UK law in order to recognize that animals can feel pain.“At fair-fish international we’ve been fighting for twenty years for the consideration of the natural needs of fishes kept in captivity, risking to make ourselves unpopular at first”, comments Billo Heinzpeter Studer, Founder and President of fair-fish international and responsible for the implementation of the grant, “but gradually things began to change. Together with other international associations, like Friend of the Sea, we started to share views and objectives and we are now working on making producers aware of the importance of fish welfare”.The joint Friend of the Sea and fair-fish research project will test aquaculture companies’ performance face some basic animal welfare parameters: quality of water and environment, behavioural and physiological status, feed, and training of the personnel.The first round of visits to Friend of the Sea’s certified companies will start January 2018 and it will involve fish farms based in Italy, Croatia, Spain, Turkey, Greece and Australia. (photo: fair fish)

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‘The Future of our Seas’ begins

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 maggio 2017

bruxelles-1Bruxelles. Celebrating 10 years of the European Maritime Day we have put together an attractive programme focusing on the sustainability transformation, featuring leaders from the world of politics, business and NGOs from the UK, other European countries and Canada. There are still places left. Don’t miss out this great networking & learning opportunity. Register now!This year we will host three inspirational speakers (Barbara Jackson, Alan Atkisson and Jon Copley), who will share their unique insights and experiences. We also have nearly 30 stakeholder workshops on offer, which cover a broad range of topic in four thematic areas: Innovation & Growth, People & Skills, Sustainability & Governance and Safety and Security.

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Sciopero: Alitalia, Meridiana, Sea e non solo

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 febbraio 2017

aereoUSB ha proclamato per il 23 febbraio una serie di scioperi nel trasporto aereo: da Alitalia di 24 ore (4 per il personale di terra) alla SEA di Milano dove sarà indetto a breve, alla prima azione di 4 ore in Meridiana e negli aeroporti di Firenze e Pisa. Il susseguirsi di crisi aziendali impone anche la necessità di uno sciopero di tutto il trasporto aereo per una riforma complessiva del settore e l’apertura di un vero contratto nazionale applicabile ai lavoratori di tutte le Aziende – afferma Francesco Staccioli di USB Lavoro Privato.
Otre alla terza crisi Alitalia, ci troviamo ancora tra le macerie fumanti di Meridiana, o meglio di quello che rimane della seconda compagnia aerea italiana. Enormi problemi si riscontrano costantemente in tutti gli Aeroporti: Sea di Milano annuncia altri licenziamenti, le principali aziende di handling iniziano a disdire i contratti integrativi vigenti, come Aviation Services a Bologna, oppure applicano in maniera riduttiva i principi della clausola sociale. Ormai sono a nudo le miserie del trasporto aereo italiano, un settore che cresce a ritmi vertiginosi (+4,9% passeggeri trasportati nel 2016) ma che continua inesorabilmente a produrre disoccupazione e taglio ai salari. – continua Staccioli. Tutto questo ha un comune denominatore: una ultra-deregulation che ha prodotto l’assenza assoluta di regole, spalancando praterie a chi sfrutta di più, a chi paga meno tasse, a chi applica contratti esteri in Italia, a chi produce più precarietà, producendo la palese e insostenibile contraddizione dove ad un aumento costante di passeggeri corrisponde meno lavoro e la svendita di asset strategici a interessi stranieri – insiste il sindacalista USB.Dopo averlo chiesto da anni, USB crede non sia più rinviabile l’intervento diretto del Governo per affrontare le problematiche del settore in chiave generale. C’è bisogno di rilanciare le aziende nazionali, di imporre regole uguali a tutti gli operatori, dai contratti alle tutele sociali, passando per lo statuto dei lavoratori, è necessario che la sicurezza sia assicurata e che si ripensi ad un piano complessivo del sistema aeroportuale. Questi principi sono alla base della piattaforma della parte generale per il rinnovo del contratto nazionale del settore che USB ha già inviato a dicembre alle controparti e sulle quali attende una risposta.E’ ormai chiaro come il destino di ogni singolo lavoratore del settore sia ormai connesso l’uno con l’altro; la crisi Alitalia impatterà, come già accaduto, sulle altre aziende del settore e viceversa. Questo USB lo afferma da anni e su questo chiameremo i lavoratori del trasporto aereo alla prima mobilitazione comune il prossimo 23 febbraio – conclude Francesco Staccioli.

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Dutch Smit & zoon achieves Friend of the Sea certification for Omega

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 settembre 2016

fishSmit & zoon – Dutch company specialized in processing of Omega – 3 fish oils – has recently obtained Friend of the Sea certification for Omega – 3 products originating from not overexploited and sustainably fished and managed stocks of a variety of species, including anchovies, chub, mackerel, salmon and sardines.Smit & zoon’s Omega – 3 functional oils are sourced from fresh fish caught by Friend of the Sea approved fleets.An efficient traceability system is also in place to ensure the compliance with all certification requirements. In addition to assigning a unique identification number to each product, Smit & zoon also provides a detailed information on its origin.“Smit & zoon has implemented policies that respect the environment and promote sustainable development,” says Jeroen van der Pol, General Manager, Functional Oils at Smit & zoon. “We are particularly proud of the Friend of the Sea certification, as it provides an international third party confirmation of our full engagement to sustainability.”
Founded in 1821, Smit & zoon is a Dutch, family owned business specialized in functional fish oils, with headquarters in Weesp, Netherlands. Originally, the company traded in dried codfish, salted herring and medicinal cod liver oil. These days, Smit & zoon has expanded its variety of products, including Omega – 3 fish oils, which are exported worldwide.
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 500 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainable origin of their seafood. Audits, based on the best and the most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies. Recently the program has expanded to the certification of sustainable shipping, ornamental fish and whale watching operators.

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Seabass and seabream by Kimagro Fishfarming Ltd from Cyprus confirmed Friend of the Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 agosto 2016

kimagroKimagro Fishfarming Ltd – seabass and seabream producer from Limassol, Cyprus – has recently concluded Friend of the Sea renewal audit for both species and can proudly continue to display the international sustainability seal of approval on its products.Founded in 1989, Kimagro is the first open sea fish farm developed in Cyprus. The company uses floating cages with a semi-automatic feeding system. The fish feed does not contain hormones, antibiotics or GMO ingredients.The presence of a specific traceability system assures that certified products respect all the requirements. Each product is uniquely identified throughout the whole process.
“This certification renewal is a confirmation of the sustainable origin and high quality of our fish,” says Antonis Kimonides, Owner and Managing Director of Kimagro. “Friend of the Sea certification sends a very clear message to our customers regarding our commitment to environmental conservation.”
Kimagro Fishfarming Ltd is a family run aquaculture company founded in 1989 and based in Limassol, Cyprus. Kimagro was the first in Cyprus to research and develop the open-sea fish farming. The company also designed and manufactured a unique feeding platform. The main mission of Kimagro is to produce and distribute sustainably farmed fish that sets the highest standard for freshness, taste and quality, and to provide complete customer satisfaction, starting from the wholesaler and finishing with the home chef.
http://www.kimagrofish.com
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 500 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainable origin of their seafood. Audits, based on the best and the most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies. Recently the program has expanded to the certification of sustainable shipping, ornamental fish and whale watching operators. http://www.friendofthesea.org (photo: kimagro)

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Friend of the Sea first sustainable seafood program recognized

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 marzo 2016

commissione europeaby EU National Accreditation Body. Friend of the Sea is the first certification scheme for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture to have achieved official endorsement by an EU National Accreditation Body. This is the highest possible recognition of consistency and integrity that any certification program could aim at.
Only EU National Accreditation Bodies can carry out accreditation activities in the EU, according to the regulation of the European Parliament and Commission n° 765 of July 9, 2008. Any other private accreditation would thus be not compliant with EU Accreditation rules and possibly in infringement. Friend of the Sea is now working only with those Certification Bodies that have applied for this official EU accreditation.
“EU National Accreditation positions Friend of the Sea above any other sustainable fisheries certification program, as far as independence and credibility are concerned”, comments Paolo Bray, Director and Founder of Friend of the Sea. “We are disappointed to learn that the new GSSI benchmark will accept application of schemes not compliant with the EU Accreditation rules as this surely weakens the validity of the GSSI assessment, with a potential to mislead companies and consumers.”

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Sustainably farmed scallops from Peruvian Acuapesca confirmed Friend of the Sea certified

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 gennaio 2016

peruvianThe Peruvian company Acuacultura y Pesca Group (Acuapesca) has been confirmed Friend of the Sea certified for scallops from sustainable aquaculture. After an independent assessment audit Acuapesca was found compliant with Friend of the Sea strict criteria of sustainability.Acuapesca has been operating since 1989 in the remote and pristine areas of Guaynumá Bay and Nunura Beach with 5 farms and one processing plant. Water parameters are checked periodically. The development of the facilities has not damaged critical ecosystems. The species (Argopecten purpuratus) is a native species, whose broodstocks are captured in the bay and induced to spawn in laboratory, for later reintroduction in the bay to continue the growth process. The scallops are grown in long line cages.
Acuapesca Group has also been audited according to Friend of the Sea social accountability requirements.
“We are proud of being confirmed Friend of the Sea”, comments José Luis Bellina Kohler of Acuapesca. “In accordance with our environmental policy and strategy, Acuapesca will continue with further investments in sustainable aquaculture, in order to preserve the resources for future generations”. (photo: peruvian)

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EU-Morocco Fishing Partnership Agreement comes into force as new four-year Protocol agreed with Madagascar

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 luglio 2014

marocco 2The EU’s Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Morocco, agreed last year, has now come into force following official ratification by Morocco. The EU vessels will receive certain fishing rights in Moroccan waters in return for financial assistance by the EU to develop the Moroccan fishery sector. The protocol is the second largest of its kind and belongs to a new generation of fisheries agreements after the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, placing a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. Elsewhere, the EU and Madagascar initialled a new 4 year-Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement, the EU’s second largest one in the Indian Ocean. This deal guarantees the continuation of Europe’s fishing operations beyond the expiry at the end of this year.

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Krill meal by Antarctic Sea Fisheries is Friend of the Sea certified from sustainable fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 maggio 2014

Antarctic Sea FisheriesAntarctic Sea Fisheries krill meal from Antarctic krill (Euphasia superba), is now carrying Friend of the Sea seal of approval. The Chilean company was found to meet Friend of the Sea certification requirements.The Antarctic Krill is extracted from the convention area 48 (subareas: 48.1; 48.2; 48.3 and 48.4). Vessels operate neither in the Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) nor in the Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) and fishing activities are performed 5-6 miles from the northern coast of the South Shetland Islands and 26 miles from the George Area. The fleet does not include IUU fishing vessels (Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated).The resource is not over-exploited according to the maximum annual sustainable harvest, defined by CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living ResourcesThe final product is labelled in order to ensure no product mixture occurs.“We are very proud to be Friend of the Sea certified. It is a very important achievement and it proves the sustainable origin of our product and our full commitment with the long term sustainability of the krill fishery and with best practices in responsible fishing” explains Mr. Le Dantec of Antarctic Sea Fisheries.

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