Friend of the Sea is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), whose mission is the conservation of the marine habitat. Friend of the Sea is now a leading international certification project for products originated from both sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
Companies from all over the world rely on Friend of the Sea when assessing the sustainable origins of their products.
- 185 companies in Europe
- 42 in Asia
- 29 in South America
- 25 in Africa
- 27 in North America
- 12 in Oceania
Approximately 50% of certified products originate from aquaculture and another 50% from fisheries. The seafood products and their origins are audited onsite by independent international certification bodies, against strict Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria.
Primary certified commercial species include: tuna, sardines, anchovies, mackerels, salmons, trout, cod, sole, turbot, shrimps and prawns, mussels, scallops, and clams.
Friend of the Sea is proud that more than the half of the certified products originate from artisanal fisheries or aquaculture producers in developing countries.