NETUNO announces the acquisition of Snapper fishing boats in Northern Brazil as season opens

Acquisition consistent with NETUNO’s vision of better treatment of the ocean, its fishermen, and increasing supply of responsibly sourced Snapper.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (April 28, 2020) – NETUNO is proud to announce the acquisition of its first five Snapper fishing boats in Northern Brazil. Compared to traditional fishing boats, these small fiberglass vessels are more fuel efficient, faster, and easier to maneuver during trap collections. Maneuverability is key to collect traps at the proper angle with minimal interaction with the seafloor to prevent damage to the ecosystem.

Investing in their own fleet is an integral part NETUNO’s overall vision of growth and sustainability. Their goal is to source half of all Caribbean Red Snapper imports from their own fleet by 2025, which was about 5 million pounds in 2019. “We are always looking for ways to be more efficient while remaining responsible in our practices,” says President Luciano Bonaldo. “Our own fleet enables us to ensure sustainable practices directly for the products we source. It also helps us better understand the challenges fishermen face to increase supply without compromising quality or sustainability standards.” By understanding these challenges, NETUNO seeks to find solutions that will increase production, improve the treatment of the ocean, and help advance the quality of life in its partner communities.

For NETUNO, sustainability is a driving force in every business decision made. Today nearly half of all products offered are certified-sustainable or part of a Fishery Improvement Program (FIP). They helped launch several FIPs globally and are continuously involved in sustainability roundtables with a goal of 90% of all products certified sustainable or in a FIP by 2025. Focused on reducing plastic waste in the ocean, last month NETUNO switched the packaging on their Grouper fillets from individually vacuum packed (IVP) to twin-vacuum packed. This will save about 3 million bags per year, a number that will increase once NETUNO expands this practice to its entire line. “We believe that the future is a collective effort between fishermen and companies like NETUNO that want to be part of the solution. Together we can make a difference.”

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Since 1993 NETUNO has devoted itself to producing the highest quality frozen seafood in the market, while maintaining a strong commitment to sourcing from sustainable fisheries and using commercially responsible practices by monitoring fish stock, reducing by-catch and minimizing waste and energy. When you buy NETUNO brand seafood, be assured that you are serving the highest quality seafood.

Bahamas cuts conch quota by half

By Amanda Longoria, NETUNO USA

NETUNO supports the Bahamas in their efforts to prevent overfishing of Queen Conch. While this will affect supply of NETUNO brand conch and conch batter, it is necessary to replenish stock, which failed to meet targets in some areas of the Bahamas, per recent studies.

The seafood industry should prepare for lower inventory levels and higher prices due to this announcement, but if the Bahamas succeeds in recovering this stock quickly, it should only last for the season. Ultimately this is for the good of the species and helps ensure availability of conch for future generations.

NETUNO agrees to contract for Venezuelan spiny lobster MSC Certification pre-assessment

By Amanda Longoria, NETUNO USA

Today NETUNO’s Andre Brugger finalized the contract for a third-party pre-assessment of the Venezuelan spiny lobster fishery.

“This is a huge step toward sustainability for this fishery,” comments Brugger, who is the Sustainability, Quality, & Compliance Manager. “Once the pre-assessment is completed, we will have a better understanding of the health of the fishery.”

NETUNO, along with other stakeholders and governing authorities, have made progress toward passing all major indicators. “The results of the pre-assessment will help us determine if we have done enough or if additional changes are needed,” says Brugger. Fisheries need 28 out of 28 passing indicators to achieve the MSC certification label.

Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs & Fisheries strengthens commitment to TNC

By Amanda Longoria, NETUNO USA

New Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Edhy Prabowo, gave impetus to governance of snapper fisheries in Indonesia, and the Minister plans to launch an interim harvest strategy for snapper fisheries in Indonesia on March 4, 2020. The Minister plans to announce this milestone at the Boston Seafood Expo North America (March 15-17). This interim harvest strategy, the first one for snapper in Indonesia, applies to the Makassar Strait management area. Along with the harvest strategy, the Ministry is also working on a national management plan. The harvest strategy includes a proposal for a legal minimum size (see below) and control of fishing effort. It was fortunate that the Director-General of Capture Fisheries, Mr. Zulficar Mochtar, attended the launch of TNC’s FIP in August 2019, which built the Ministry’s confidence to take this fishery to the next level in terms of sustainability. The Ministry’s confidence may also have been boosted by the A-rated listing of the TNC’s national snapper FIP on fisheryprogress.org. NETUNO is a member of the TNC Indonesian FIP, joining the effort at launch.

$10,000 in funding for Mexican Octopus FIP secured

By Amanda Longoria, NETUNO USA

The Global Octopus Supply Roundtable, under the coordination of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership of which NETUNO is a member, donated $10,000 to the Mexico Yucatan Octopus FIP. This FIP is just 3 passing indicators shy of all 28 needed for achieving MSC certification. Local NGO COBI, which helps coordinate FIP activities on the ground, will address the lack of information about potential use of endangered crab species as bait with this donation. Helping to gather the needed information, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership hopes to address the issues required to achieve MSC certification for the species.

NETUNO to attend FIP meeting in Brazil

By Amanda Longoria, NETUNO USA

NETUNO plans to attend a meeting on March 19th in Brazil for Caribbean Red Snapper FIP. Stakeholders and fishermen will come together to discuss new certification steps, scientific discoveries, stock assessments, better ways to manage the fisheries, and enforcing regulations. They will discuss the progress made in these areas and the challenges to progressing in others. For more details on this FIP and its progress, visit fisheryprogress.org.