All the pelagic fish that we catch come from well-managed, sustainable stocks; most with the gold standard Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accreditation. Our mid-water (pelagic) nets never come into contact with the sea bed and our catches are nearly always of a single species from a single stock (we take hardly any by-catch). Our vessels are therefore amongst the most ecologically friendly on the planet.
We use nets designed to let juvenile fish escape. This ensures they can go on to reproduce and contribute to the future sustainability of the stock
A position report is sent by a closed-circuit tamper proof satellite system to the authorities every two hours ensuring a high level of monitoring to ensure that our vessels are following complex fishing regulations.
These are compulsory and report our catches back to the authorities every 24 hours, again making sure we are acting within government quotas and restrictions.
Currently being trialled on-board the Cornelis Vrolijk Fzn. This involves on-board CCTV cameras keeping a continuous video record of trawl deck and factory deck operations. This enables the enforcement agencies to monitor all aspects of the vessel’s operations at all times and has helped to demonstrate that these pelagic fisheries are, indeed, clean fisheries with zero discards.