ICV is affiliated with the following organizations which form part of our sustainable fishing practice strategy:

Friend Of The Sea


Friend of the Sea is a non-profit non-governative organization (NGO), whose mission is to conserve the marine habitat.

Friend of the Sea was founded by Dr Paolo Bray – European Director of the Earth Island Institute’s Dolphin-Safe Project . The Dolphin-Safe Project saved millions of dolphins from dying in the tuna nets and started the sustainable seafood movement.

Friend of the Sea is now a main international certification project for products originating from both sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Certified products from all continents include most of the traded species, fishmeal, fish feed and Omega-3 fish oil.

Products and their origins are audited onsite by independent international certification bodies, against strict Friend of the Sea sustainability criteria.

Friend of the Sea Criteria follow the FAO – Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. In particular, only products from stocks which are NOT OVEREXPLOITED can be certified (Art. 30 FAO Guidelines).

SUSTAINABILITY is no doubt the keyword to the future: the only way to ensure a future for us and for the generations to come. Sustainable Seafood is part of this philosophy.

Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein and represents the main food source for over 2,5 billion people. Marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ over 200 million people. Oceans make up 97% of the Earth’s water and absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans. The only way to keep on benefiting from oceans’ resources is to respect them.

Friend of the Sea strives daily to make sustainability a reality, involving more and more key players in the project. We lead fisheries to adopt selective fishing methods, reduce ecosystem impact and manage within Maximum Sustainable Yield. Friend of the Sea certification also ensures high quality standards in terms of energy efficiency and social accountability.

Friend of the Sea certified aquaculture products are produced with no use of GMOs or growth hormones, respecting waters parameters and critical habitats.

Friend of the Sea is constantly engaged in awareness campaigns to make all people, adults and children, conscious of the importance of purchasing only certified sustainable seafood.

Earth Island Insitute


Earth Island Institute monitors tuna companies around the world to ensure the tuna is caught by methods that do not harm dolphins and protect the marine ecosystem. Our standards prevent harm to dolphins and are adhered to by more than 90% of the world’s tuna companies.


These standards form the basis of policies utilized by the largest tuna producers in the world. It is required for approval and monitoring by Earth Island Institute. In order for tuna to be considered “Dolphin Safe”, it must meet the following standards:

  1. No intentional chasing, netting or encirclement of dolphins during an entire tuna fishing trip;
  2. No use of drift gill nets to catch tuna;
  3. No accidental killing or serious injury to any dolphins during net sets;
  4. No mixing of dolphin-safe and dolphin-deadly tuna in individual boat wells (for accidental kill of dolphins), or in processing or storage facilities; and
  5. Each trip in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) by vessels 400 gross tons and above must have an independent observer on board attesting to the compliance with points (1) through (4) above.

By agreement between Earth Island Institute and the participants in “Dolphin Safe” fishing operations:

  • All processing, storage, and transshipment facilities and procurement records related to the purchase, processing, storage, transport, and sale of tuna must be made available for independent monitoring.
  • Companies listed as “Dolphin Safe” must maintain “Dolphin Safe” policies approved by Earth Island Institute and apply them to all international aspects of their operations and related subsidiaries.

Further, Earth Island Institute and the 85-member Dolphin Safe/Fair Trade Campaign strongly encourage tuna fishermen and tuna companies to work to reduce bycatch of non-target species and to release alive, to the maximum extent feasible, any non-target species caught in purse seine nets. These “Dolphin Safe” standards were developed in 1990 by Earth Island Institute and the H.J. Heinz Corporation (StarKist Tuna); endorsed by the U.S. Tuna Foundation, Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee Tuna; and have been adopted by approximately 300 tuna companies, canneries, brokers, import associations, retail store, and restaurant chains around the globe. By way of background, in 1997, only 2.9% of the world’s tuna supply was caught by chasing and setting nets on dolphins. More than 90% of the world’s canned tuna market has pledged to buy and sell only “Dolphin Safe” tuna in accordance with Earth Island’s “Dolphin Safe” standards. As a result of the “Dolphin Safe” commitment by tuna companies, dolphin mortality has dropped by more than 97% in the past ten years.