AENOR has awarded the first Responsible Tuna Fishing (or APR from its Spanish acronym) AENOR Conform certificates to the Salica and Garavilla canneries for their Campos and Isabel brands, respectively. This makes them the first companies in the world to obtain this certificate that guarantees full tuna fishing traceability from its extraction at sea and safety and health of fishermen, to the chain of custody during canned fish processing and distribution by land, thereby ensuring the best environmental and workplace practices for the end consumer.
APR (Responsible Tuna Fishing) certification is based on the UNE 195006 Standard, established in 2016 in response to the growing demand to guarantee responsible tuna fishing by covering all factors affecting conservation of natural and human resources. The certification process comprised two phases: The first involved audits both at the shipowners' offices and ports in Côte d'Ivoire, Seychelles, Ecuador and El Salvador. Their 47 vessels were verified as complying with the best practices in fishing activity control, social and safety conditions at work, as well as maritime and health control. The second certified the rest of the chain of custody employed by the processing and canned food distribution companies to ensure full traceability. This fleet certification process is becoming international, and ships from 7 countries have now been certified in addition to Spain: Seychelles, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Curaçao, Guatemala and Belize.
Companies that display this quality stamp on their products publicly show a firm, long-term commitment to carefully looking after ocean resources and protecting on-board, extractive fishing working conditions, in keeping with society's current values.
In the photograph, from left to right, Javier Arbaiza, CEO of Salica; Rafael García Meiro, AENOR's CEO; Alicia Villauriz Iglesias, acting Minister for Fishing and Juan Corrales, Garavilla's Managing Director.