From 23rd-25th September CU UK carried out its first inspection for the Naturland standard, which was recently awarded certification (link: https://www.naturland.de/en/).
The Naturland organic certification was first developed for agricultural products, ranging from produce to textile, beekeeping to forest management, but over the years has also focussed on social responsibility (Naturland fairtrade) and aquaculture.
In recent years, wildfish (sustainable capture fishery) has been added to the standard. For this standard, the Azores pole-and-line skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) and albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) fishery in the ICES areas 27.10 (Azores) and 34.1.2 (Madeira) was inspected. This fishery is carried out by members of APASA (Associação de Produtores de Atum e Similares dos Açores), who operate small (up to 31 meter) vessels from local ports on the islands, with local crew.
Skipjack from this fishery is processed at the island of Sao Jorge by Santa Catarina – Indústria Conserveira, who employ local workers to process and package the tuna.
Focus of the inspection were the fishing practices employed by the vessels, the environmental impact (ranging from stock status to by-catch and waste management), but also the social aspects, both at sea and in the processing factory. Among other topics, safety of the workers, training, working hours and wages were discussed, both with management and with employees and fishermen.
The fishery and processor have been recommended for certification to Naturland, and the brand ‘Fish 4 Ever’ will be sold with the label in the future.