INDONESIA: An Indonesian seafood company has joined International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) in its efforts to boost tuna fishery management, fund scientific advancements through research and expert analysis, and take direct action to encourage the adoption of responsible fishing practices.
Established in 1978 as a producer of canned seafood and strategically located at the edge of Bali Strait, which is the natural habitat of oil sardines, PT Bali Maya Permai will be an associate-level participating company.
“We look forward to working alongside another premier Indonesian company to improve and maintain the long term health of tuna stocks,” ISSF President Susan Jackson said.
All ISSF participating companies are independently audited via comprehensive methods that assess compliance with ISSF’s conservation measures, the results of which are shared annually in the ISSF compliance report and published in conjunction with the ISSF annual report.
The most recent audit from the fall of 2016 showed a 95.6 per cent conformance rate with conservation measures among the 25 firms that were audited.
ISSF launched in 2009 with eight participating companies and today has 28 industry partners, which comprise approximately 75 per cent of the world’s tuna processing capacity — including well-known brands produced and sold in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Pacific Islands and Asia.
Bali Maya Permai has three canned product categories —sardines, tuna, and mackerel and employs more than 1,500 people and produces more than 80 tons of fish daily.