SeafoodSource is closely following the sustainable seafood movement by compiling a regular round-up of sector updates pertaining to eco-certifications.

– Srimic Exports Pvt. Ltd’s shrimp processing plant, headquartered in Colombo City, Sri Lanka, has attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Seafood Alliance reported on 18 July.

Srimic has been working with Shokuyu Co Ltd as a partner processing plant for more than 25 years, producing approximately 250 metric tons of black tiger shrimp in three product forms per year. Going forward the company’s black tiger shrimp products will now be one-star BAP-certified. 

“We would like to address that we are the first seafood processing plants that are BAP certified for cultured black tiger shrimp in Sri Lanka,” Srimic President P.K.D. Venura Lakmal said. “In all aspects, it is a mandatory requirement that all seafood stakeholders must comply with sustainable aquaculture and food-safety requirements for the betterment of all human beings on Earth.”

– Schmidt Marine Technology Partners awarded USD 3.5 million (EUR 3.1 million) to ten organizations and universities in seven countries to aid the development of tools and innovations to increase sustainability for global fisheries.

“Tens of millions of jobs around the world depend on fisheries, and seafood is the primary protein source for 3 billion people,” President and Co-Founder of the Schmidt Family Foundation Wendy Schmidt said. “The innovators chosen to receive these grants are ensuring that fishers and fisheries – and by extension all of us who rely on them – are secure and sustainable worldwide.”

The ten projects selected range from USD 150,000 to USD 500,000 (EUR 134,000 to EUR 448,000) toward reducing bycatch, preventing illegal fishing, improving data collection on fisheries and fish populations, and increasing the transparency of a fish’s journey from ocean to table, the organization said in a press release.

– On 12 July, Melodea Bio-Based Solutions announced its newest innovation MelOx NGen to its eco-profile portfolio. 

Meloeda is a sustainable barrier coatings producer for packaging, headquartered in Rehovot, Israel. The MelOx NGen is a water-based plant-sourced coating designed to line the inner lining of various plastic food packaging. It has been approved by the FDA for food contact.

“The majority of plastic packaging available today cannot be recycled due to its multi-structure composition,” Melodea Vice President of Sales & Marketing Cee Azerraf said. “EVOH, which is typically infused into the thin plastic films of the food packaging to serve as an oxygen barrier, is non-recyclable preventing the entire package from being recyclable. MelOx NGen presents an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution by being applicable to various forms of plastics, including monostructure plastics that possess exceptional performance properties and are recyclable. Our solution will also relieve the current bottleneck in the supply of EVOH.”

Photo courtesy of Schmidt Entities

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