Social issues cannot be solved through the efforts of the Nissui Group alone. Recognizing the importance of collaboration with the various companies, NGOs/NPOs and the government agencies of each country, we have been in communication with various related organizations.
As one of the signatories to the SeaBOS(Note) initiative, along with other leading companies in the global seafood industry, Nissui is working to resolve obstacles to a sustainable marine business.
At the Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium held in October 2017, Nissui expressed the thinking behind SeaBOS to preserve and make sustainable use of the marine environment and resources. We also declared our commitment to the SeaBOS initiative as part of our CSR activities.
In September 2018, the third SeaBOS Dialogue was held in Karuizawa, which was attended by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, a promoter of the UN’s SDGs, as well as the CEOs of the world’s ten leading seafood companies that have become members committed to the initiative. At the dialogue, members agreed to work toward the elimination of IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) fishing and modern slavery. The members also decided to formulate new strategies to combat the problem of marine plastics.
Seafood certification programs such as MSC determine their criteria on the basis of the “Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries” and the “Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries” of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) but with the widespread acceptance of the concept of sustainable seafood, the number of certification programs has multiplied and it has become necessary to ascertain the value of such certifications. Consequently, the GSSI (Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative), a third-party benchmarking agency to verify that certification programs meet FAO guidelines, was established. GSSI is an international partnership that verifies programs assessing the sustainability of marine products.
In April 2017, Nissui became the first Japanese company to become a Funding Partner which promotes global resource sustainability. As of September 2018, seven companies of the Nissui Group are registered as Funding Partners. As a company engaged in the marine business, Nissui Group will address the issue of sustainable use of marine resources, as well as contribute to the realization of responsible fishery.
Salmones Antartica S.A. (SA) (Chile) of the Nissui Group has been operating Salmon and Trout farming since its foundation in 1982 and has subsequently built a processing plant, cold storage and a feed plant, developing an integrated business encompassing production of breed, farming, to harvesting and processing/shipment of farmed fish.
The Salmon/Trout and Coho Salmon produced by SA are distributed throughout the markets of the world through the Nissui Group sales network under the familiar brand name of “Five Star.”
On March 5, 2019, SA acquired ASC certification (Note 1) of its Salmon/Trout. This is the second ASC certification received by a Nissui Group company since Kurose Suisan Co., Ltd. acquired ASC certification for its Buri Yellowtail in December 2017.
The certified farming site is Sector 1 of Bahia Acantilada, Aisen Region. On March 4, 2019, SA also received the CoC certification (Note 2) of its processing plant within its head office premise for the processing and shipment of ASC-certified farmed fish.
The Nissui Group believes that expanding supply through sustainable aquaculture while mitigating the impact on natural resources is essential for meeting the growing global demand for marine products.
SA considers this acquisition of ASC certification to be a stepping stone and is determined to ensure the sustainable use of resources and give consideration to the environment and to the community, and will continue to develop technology for sustainable aquaculture going forward.
Kurose Suisan Co., Ltd. of the Nissui Group, as the largest operator of Buri Yellowtail aquaculture in Japan, has been engaged in the research of aquaculture technology, the development of feed, production and processing. The “Kurose Buri (Yellowtail),” the brand fish of Kurose Suisan is known for its firm flesh and provides a stable supply of fatty, high-quality Buri Yellowtail the year round thanks to the Nissui Group’s aquaculture technology.
On December 16, 2017, Kurose Suisan Co., Ltd. became the first in the world to acquire ASC certification for its Buri Yellowtail and on November 30, 2017, its processing plant received CoC certification for shipping ASC-certified farmed fish.
Japan accounts for nearly 90% of global yellowtail aquaculture production, and receiving certification for giving consideration to the environment is extremely significant in preserving the seas surrounding Japan. Additionally, it is hoped that by marketing “Kurose Buri (Yellowtail)” and other certified seafood, we will raise the awareness of the consumer and that environmentally-friendly marine products will become more widespread.
The Nissui Group is grateful for the bounty of the sea, and will continue to develop technologies in fishery and aquaculture that will enable the sustainable use of resources and pass on the environment and resources to the next generation.
The MSC(Note) is one of the foremost certification agencies. Its role is to verify fishing that is sustainable and that protects the ocean’s natural environment and resources.
Marine products caught using MSC-certified fishing methods can be traced to their global source—traceability that encourages good marine resource management. MSC certification is recognized as trustworthy and rigorous, and is approved by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a third-party benchmarking agency. Nissui has now received MSC certification for several fish grounds and species, including Alaska Pollock.
In a 2017 resource status survey, 37% of the wild-caught fish used by the Nissui Group was caught by fisheries with MSC or other certification.
To more widely promote products approved by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), we supply Alaska Pollock, Scallops, Yellowtail and other certified fish species as high-quality marine products, using the same technologies we have developed in manufacturing “surimi“ products and in aquaculture.
In the future, we will continue to work to manufacture and sell marine products demanded by the market and processed goods derived from them, which conform to our procurement policy on marine products grounded in sustainability.
Nissui conducts stakeholder dialogues in order to utilize the opinions of various stakeholders in its management and CSR activities.
On August 1, 2018, the fourth stakeholder dialogue was held.
In this stakeholder dialogue, experts – Yoshioki Oozeki, Ph.D, Senior Advisor, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency, and Aiko Yamauchi, Leader, Oceans and Seafood Group, Conservation Division, The World Wide Fund for Nature, Japan (WWF-Japan) – were invited to exchange opinions on the sustainable use of marine resources and CSR procurement.
The stakeholder dialogues we have conducted so far
Each year the Marine Stewardship Council Japan Office holds the “Sustainable Seafood Week” campaign to promote the use of MSC-labeled and ASC-labeled foods.Nissui supports the cause and cooperates in this campaign.
Website of Sustainable Seafood Week
Nissui upholds management based on CSR in its mid-term business plan “MVIP + (Plus) 2020” and has commenced studies on the sustainable use and procurement of marine resource, which are at the core of its business.
By participating in the “Pacific Bluefin Tuna Conservation Pledge” by WWF Japan, Nissui makes its intention clear to promote further global agreement in regard to the management of Pacific Bluefin Tuna resources together with other Japanese companies supporting this cause.
We the undersigned, pledge to support the conservation and sustainable use of Pacific Bluefin tuna stock across the Pacific Ocean.
As responsible companies based in Japan, we promote to sustain livelihoods and to minimize environmental impacts when providing highly qualified seafood to the market. Then, we are making effort not to treat any seafood products from IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) sources by establishing the traceability.
The Pacific Bluefin tuna stock remains near the historic low and the sustainability of the stock in the future is a concern. However, not only does Pacific bluefin tuna stock contribute to employment and economy in Pacific coastal countries including Japan, it plays a key role as one of the top predators in the Pacific Ocean marine ecosystem.
To build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, we hope that both an emergency rule and a long-term recovery plan of the Pacific Bluefin tuna stock based on the best available science and precautionary approach will be adopted. We pledge to support these measures so that the Pacific Bluefin tuna stock across the Pacific Ocean will be steadily recovering.
Please find details at WWF Japan HP.