Golden Omega SA Omega3 Products Obtain Friend of the Sea Certification05 November 2013
CHILE - Golden Omega SA omega3 products from the Chilean corpesca anchovies' fleet have obtained Friend of the Sea sustainable certification.
Golden Omega’s main source of raw material comes from the anchovy fishery of the North of Chile.
The main shareholder of Golden Omega, the largest fishing company in Chile and one of the largest worldwide, Corpesca, owns 45 fishing vessels fishing in the Southern Pacific.
The anchovies stock in the fishing area is not overexploited. The fishing vessels are continuously tracked and alerted in case of entering in Marine Protected Areas. The fleet complies with seasonal closures and in case average size is lower than minimum, the fishery is momentarily stopped.
The purse seine fishing method is highly selective as anchovies represent 98 per cent of the catch. Golden Omega was also found fully compliant with Friend of the Sea social accountability requirements.
"The continuing development of the global fish oil Omega-3 markets is creating a need for the industry to demonstrate its commitment to the use of raw materials only coming from responsible fishing activities and sustainable resources," commented Mr Claudio Aracena, Commercial Director of Golden Omega SA.
"With this new achievement, Golden Omega is today the only producer of Omega-3 concentrates in the world, holding two certifications, IFFO RS CoC and FOS, both related to the use of responsible and sustainable fish resources."
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