Actemsa – Leal Santos Group, one of Spain’s leading tuna fish processing and marketing companies, has become the 38th Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF)
Founded in 1987 in Galicia, Spain, Actemsa processes more than 40,000 tonnes of tuna annually through its own and outsourced plants. In 2006, the company acquired Industrias Alimenticias Leal Santos Ltda, one of Brazil’s largest producers of tuna loins and owner of six oceanic pole-and-line fishing boats.
“Actemsa – Leal Santos’s membership of the International Pole & Line Foundation is a further commitment in our support for improved tuna management, and our desire to see dynamic measures adopted in these fisheries that safeguard stocks and the futures of fishing communities. As well as underpinning our historical engagement with these fisheries, we believe IPNLF Membership provides additional assurances to our customers and the marketplace that we are supplying fish that is both sustainably and ethically sourced,” says Antonio Fernández, Actemsa’s Deputy Director of Production.
Commenting on Actemsa – Leal Santos Group’s membership, Martin Purves, Managing Director of IPNLF, says, “We are delighted to welcome Actemsa – one of Spain’s leading tuna processors of pole-and-line tuna – as our latest Member. The International Pole & Line Foundation is a hub for proactive companies like Actemsa who want to help drive the sustainable and equitable development of one-by-one caught tuna. The global demand for these products continues to grow at a very rapid rate; as such, IPNLF believes all stakeholders have a crucial role to play in helping the industry bridge the supply gap.”
IPNLF helps to ensure the demand for one-by-one caught tuna can be met without compromising the sustainability of the fisheries, while at the same time providing much-needed support for fishing communities who are heavily reliant upon those stocks. IPNLF’s role is two-fold: It promotes the environmental and social benefits derived from one-by-one fisheries around the world; and it also help develop and support these fisheries to improve their long-term viability and sustainability.
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ABOUT ACTEMSA – LEAL SANTOS
Actemsa was founded in 1987 by the Escuris Villa family in Puebla del Caramiñal, Galicia, a region in the northwest of Spain. Initially, Actemsa operated as an import-export trader of many varieties of fish and seafood. In 1996, Actemsa opened its first freezing and refrigeration plant, with a total capacity of 25,000 m3. In 1998, Actemsa began trading frozen and refrigerated tuna loins and in 2000 opened its first processing plant. Today, Actemsa processes more than 40,000 tonnes of tuna fish annually through its own and outsourced plants.
In 2006, Actemsa acquired the Brazilian firm Industrias Alimenticias Leal Santos Ltda., a company founded in Rio Grande-Rs in 1889, with a long tradition in sustainable fisheries and canning industry. Leal Santos is one of Brazil’s largest producers of tuna loins, with assets that include a fleet of six oceanic pole-and-line fishing boats, a fishmeal factory and its own dock.
The Actemsa - Leal Santos Group is one of the leading tuna fish processing and marketing companies in Spain and employs more than 500 people.
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line and handline tuna fisheries around the world. IPNLF’s ambition is to contribute to thriving coastal fisheries, including the people, communities, businesses and seas connected with them. As a hub for sustainably-minded organisations, we use the influence of the market to forge change through practical fishery projects and stakeholder cooperation. IPNLF membership is open to organisations involved in the one-by-one caught tuna supply chain. Allied with our Members, IPNLF demonstrates the value of one-by-one caught tuna to consumers, policymakers and throughout the supply chain. We work across science, policy and the seafood sector, using an evidence-based, solutions-focused approach with guidance from our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees.
IPNLF was officially registered in the United Kingdom in 2012 (Charity 1145586), with branch offices in London and the Maldives, and a staff presence in Indonesia.