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Sri Lankan Yellowfin Tuna, Swordfish Certified Friend of the Sea

20 May 2014

SRI LANKA - Sri Lankan company Lihini Sea foods (pvt) Ltd. positively concluded Friend of the Sea audit for yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and swordfish (Xiphias gladius).

Derived products, from the fishing group vessels operating in the Eastern Indian Ocean (FAO Area 57), can now carry the Friend of the Sea sustainability seal of approval.

Yellowfin tuna and swordfish are considered to be not overexploited in the mentioned fishing area according to the latest stock assessments. No protected areas are affected by the fishing activity. None of the by-caught species are included in the IUCN Red list of endangered species.

A comprehensive traceability system is in place to guarantee that all Friend of the Sea requirements are fulfilled and that no mixing occurs between certified and not certified origins.

“We share the same sustainability vision of Friend of the Sea programme,” remarked Malintha Fernando of Lihini. “Friend of the Sea has become the leading sustainability standard for many species and this recognition provides an important added value for our products”.

"Sustainability is a universal value and I am very glad to see that more and more companies in the Indian Ocean share our commitment," added Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea.

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