In order to preserve the Pelagic Fishery resources for future purpose, responsible sourcing is the Key element in Fisheries policy. The Fishmeal industries source the raw material from legal, regulated and reported fishery and avoided the material sourced from IUU fishing activity.
The Indian Oil Sardine (Sardinella longiceps) is the main specific fishery resource that are caught by Fishmeal industries, its biological stocks have been studied by Scientists and Indian Association are working towards the approach and has accepted the creditability and responsibility for its sustainability.
Hence the industry is complying with the key requirements of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Viz:
- Recording and Verifying whole fish/ fishery landings by Industry
- All raw materials sourced from legal, reported and regulated fishing activity.
- Provision of evidence of the raw material, that it is sourced from vessels which are not officially listed as engaging in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activity.
- The details of each consignment of fish from a vessel shall be recorded. For, Name of vessel, IMO/registration number, call sign, legal owner, name and address, Proof of authorization to engage in the specific fishing activity, Date and time of discharge to facility, Species and quantity discharged, Location or place(s) and dates of fishing activity where catch originated, Fishing method used.
The Indian Oil Sardine has brought under FIP (Fishery Improvers Program) study and it’s no far from achieving or proving its stand on sustainability.