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About us > Who we are: vision and mission

HQ MilanFriend of the Sea is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO), whose mission is the conservation of the marine habitat.

 

Friend of the Sea was founded by Dr Paolo Bray - European Director of the Earth Island Institute's Dolphin-Safe Project. The Dolphin-Safe Project saved millions of dolphins from death in the tuna nets and started the sustainable seafood movement.

 

Friend of the Sea is now a leading international certification project for products originated from both sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

 

Certified products from all continents include most of the traded species, fishmeal, fishfeed and Omega-3 fish oil

 

Products and their origins are audited onsite by independent international certification bodies, against strict Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria.

 

Friend of the Sea certification requirements follow the FAO - Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. In particular, only products from stocks which are not overexploited can be certified (Art. 30 FAO Guidelines).  

  

In line with the FAO, Friend of the Sea pricing model is affordable also to artisanal fisheries and small-scale producers, representing over 50% of the Friend of the Sea certifications.

 

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Annual Report 2015

 

Friend of the Sea Governance Structure

 

Financial Statements

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

 

Procedures and Policies

Impartiality Policy

Management Control Procedure

Advisory Board appointment process and ToR

Income Generation of Funding Process

Statutes and by-laws

Key Personnel Roles

Conflict of Interest Policy

Conflict of Interest BoD Statement - President

Conflict of Interest BoD Statement - Director

Governance Complaints Procedure

Governance Complaint Form

Governance Participation Procedure

Governance Participation Form

Friend of the Sea's Impact Evaluation and Objectives

Conformity Assessment Program

 

 

 

 

Certified Products

Friend of the Sea - C.so Buenos Aires 37, 20124 Milan Italy - HQ +39 0287075166 - Italy +39 3485650306 - Skype: friend.of.the.sea - Elastico Comunicazione