At FCF, sustainability is not a “buzz word,” it is our business. FCF supports sustainability through scientific methods and fact-finding to identify best practices and ecologically sustainable solutions. A healthy and sustainable world fishery is essential for our survival—not only as a fishery company, but also as a people and a planet. That’s why we’re committed the preservation of the world’s tuna stock, the socially responsible and ethical treatment of those who harvest and process it, and to adhering to polices that ensure a thriving a ecosystem for marine life around the globe.
FCF strongly adheres to conservation, traceability, sustainability, chain of custody, and management measures as established by the following Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMO):
- Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
- International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
- Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)
- Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
As the international bodies made up of countries that share an interest in managing and conserving fish stocks, RFMOs provide a forum to ensure the long-term sustainable management of tuna and tuna-like species. Collaboration with RFMO sustainably and traceability measures includes adhering to catch limits, area closures, gear restrictions, and compliance and enforcement mechanisms. FCF fully supports RFMO efforts to combat illegal fishing, and to minimize the impact to threatened species such as sea turtles, seabirds, and sharks.
Additionally, FCF is a proud collaborator with the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA). We stand by our public commitment to maintaining the highest Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainability standards while providing tuna harvested from Pacific Island Nation waters, which supply 50 percent of the world’s skipjack tuna.
Four decades of principled and responsible service to our customers has proven FCF to be one of the most reputable, competitive and respected companies in the industry.
We encourage and expect all FCF suppliers and partners to adhere to our business code of conduct. FCF reserves the right to monitor the conduct of our suppliers at anytime, with the intention of ensuring any violations are properly addressed and plan of action is established to resolve the issue.
FCF is proud to offer FAD-free skipjack tuna certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) within our chain of custody. Additionally, the FCF Sustainability Program offers traceable FAD-free tuna supply, while contributing to the sustainability of the world’s tuna stock.
Standards that go above and beyond
FCF only buys fish from vessels that adhere to the standards set by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMO). Additionally, each RFMO has a high seas transshipment policy, but FCF raises that bar. We do not buy fish transshipped at high seas, except from super frozen sashimi fishing vessels that have RFMO observers onboard during transshipments. FCF also supplies MSC certified pole and line raw materials, the most sustainable way to fish.
As a private company, we cannot dictate to vessel companies what methods they should use for fishing, but we can choose to only do business with those who harvest responsibly.