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FOS recertification for German seafood company. Fontaine Nahrungsmittel GmbH, one of German’s top organic seafood companies, has been recertified for sustainable seafood production by Friend of the Sea (FOS). The company was originally certified in 2012. With the recertification, Fontaine can continue to display the Friend of the Seaeco-label on its extensive range of seafood products.

“We admire Fontaine Nahrungsmittel’s commitment to organic production and their respect for sustainability,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “They should serve as an inspiration for the broader industry.”

The family-run company has remained independent since its founding in 1988. Their products include organic raising agents and certified fish products with agricultural ingredients from certified organic farming. They offer tuna, tuna for pasta, sardines, wild salmon, wild salmon soup, herring, mackerel, and shellfish. Fontaine works exclusively in the organic specialist trade in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. They also sell through more than 30 German organic wholesalers.

In terms of sustainability, Fontaine is certified by Dolphine Safe as well as by FOS. “We use gentle fishing methods and strictly reject longline and drift netfishing,” said Hans Madel Managing Director of the company.“Our goal is to preserve marine resources for future generations.”

Friend of the Sea is currently a project of the World Sustainability Organization, an international trademark registered with humanitarian and environmental conservation mission. Friend of the Sea has become the leading certification standard for products and services which respects and protects the marine environment. The certification awards sustainable practices in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Fishmeal and Omega 3 Fish Oil. Friend of the Sea also promotes pilot projects related to restaurants, sustainable shipping, whale and dolphin-watching, aquaria, ornamental fish, UV creams and others.

Friend of the Sea is the only sustainable fisheries certification programme recognised and supervised globally by a National Accreditation Body. Several benchmarks have confirmed the strength and reliability of the Friend of the Sea certification and chain of custody.

Yearly audits are carried out onsite by independent international certification bodies in consultation with stakeholders, against the strict Friend of the Sea environmental sustainability and social accountability criteria.

Friend of the Sea also promotes conservation projects for protection of the ocean.