Spanish seafood partner for SFP

01 Jun 2017
Jealsa vessels operate in the Atlantic Ocean and primarily fish skipjack tuna

Jealsa vessels operate in the Atlantic Ocean and primarily fish skipjack tuna

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has welcomed a new Spanish seafood partner, Jealsa Rianxeira S.A.U. Group, which operates out of Boiro.

Founded in 1958, Jealsa is a leading seafood canner in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. Along with its own brands - Rianxeira, Escurís, MareAperto and Robinson Crusoe, the group also supplies canned fish and seafood for the distributor Mercadona under the brand Hacendado. It also operates its own tuna vessels in the Atlantic.

“It is an encouraging sign for the future of sustainable seafood in Spain to see a group with the size and influence of Jealsa demonstrating such a strong commitment,” said Pedro Ferreiro, deputy director, of SFP’s buyer engagement team.

“SFP is thrilled to be partnering with Jealsa, and we hope this will serve as inspiration to other Spanish seafood companies.”

Ángeles Claro, the Jealsa Group’s sustainability manager, added: “One of our biggest concerns is the preservation of oceans and their ecosystems. Therefore, we are members of environmental associations which promote responsible fishing.”

In addition to the new SDFP partnership, Jealsa is a member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). The group operates a unique non-chemical water treatment plant and offers byproducts of its tuna processing to two companies, Conresa and Valora, which make fishmeal, fish extract and gelatin.

The company has its own tuna fleet through operated by Sant Yago, its fishing subsidiary company, which owns and operates two tuna vessels, Sant Yago Uno and Sant Yago Tres.