By Antonio Pasolini — One of Spain's top seafood companies has struck a deal with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), an initiative designed to promote sustainable fishing across the world's oceans. With the new partnership, Jealsa Rianxeira, based in the Galicia region of Spain since 1958, further consolidates its commitment to advancing sustainable practices within this industry.
As a key player in Spain's seafood market, Jealsa's participation can have an industry-wide impact. Besides its own brands Rianxeira, Escurís, MareAperto, and Robinson Crusoe, the group also supplies canned fish and seafood for the distributor Mercadona under the brand Hacendado.
The group is made up of 26 societies operating in four areas: food (canned fish and shellfish, meal solutions, and pet food), fishing and services, environment, and energy. It also operates tuna vessels in the Atlantic.
The partnership is the latest installment in Jealsa's commitment to sustainability, which is already a member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). Besides, it operates a unique non-chemical water treatment plant and offers byproducts of its tuna processing to two companies, Conresa and Valora, which make fishmeal, fish extract, and gelatin.
“It is an encouraging sign for the future of sustainable seafood in Spain to see a group with the size and influence of Jealsa demonstrating such a strong commitment,” said Pedro Ferreiro, deputy director of SFP’s Buyer Engagement Team. “SFP is thrilled to be partnering with Jealsa, and we hope this will serve as inspiration to other Spanish seafood companies.”
Ocean fish depletion is a major issue in today's world; therefore it is encouraging seeing the industry taking steps to preserve fish life. According to WWF, the global fishing fleet is two to three times larger than the oceans can support. 32 percent of the world's fisheries are overexploited, depleted or recovering from depletion while more than half are fully exploited.
Source: Sustainable Fisheries