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About us > Who we are: vision and mission

Friend 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.





Annual Report 2017-2018


Annual Report 2016


Friend of the Sea Governance Structure


Financial Statements







Procedures and Policies

Friend of the Sea's Objectives

Friend of the Sea's Performance Evaluation

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

22/06/2016 FOS Board Performance Review

Conformity Assessment Program

Monitoring and assessment of performance indicators

Certified Products

Friend of the Sea - Buenos Aires 45, 20124 Milan Italy - HQ +39 0287075166 - Italy +39 3485650306 - Skype: friend.of.the.sea - Elastico Comunicazione