The California-based seafood importer and distributor of Java® brand seafood becomes the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation
[30 SEPTEMBER 2019/LONDON, UK] Seafood Imports, Inc. has become the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains.
Founded in 1997, San Diego, California-based Seafood Imports is a leading importer and distributor of specialty seafood products with direct sourcing power in South Africa and Asia. With representatives in Indonesia and the United States, Seafood Imports is committed to the foodservice industry, nationally and internationally.
Included in Seafood Imports’ product offering are the private label sashimi-grade tuna products, JAVA® and JAVA® Kosher. Wild-caught one-by-one in the Indian Ocean of Indonesia, JAVA® and JAVA® Kosher tuna are exclusively packaged for Seafood Imports and its US customers.
Through its commitment to a sustainable seafood industry, the company ensures that all of the products it sources are caught responsibly and that the fisheries adhere to practices that are consistent with the maintenance of healthy oceans and fish stocks.
Seafood Imports is also deeply committed to the development of sustainable fishing communities, ensuring they can play a vital role in delivering the highest-quality seafood for generations to come. It actively partners with fisheries and suppliers that follow strict sustainability practices and that are socially responsible.
Michael Berkowitz at Seafood Imports, says, “Our company is guided by the core company values of customer success, integrity, innovation and teamwork. To live up to these values, it is essential that we do all that we can to support the health of the oceans that we have long been sourcing from. IPNLF Membership underlines our commitment to safeguarding one-by-one tuna fisheries and the communities they support, and we look forward to contributing to the organisation’s essential work in this space.”
Debbie Wirtjes-Lewis, Communications & Marketing Director at IPNLF, says, “As a major advocate for sustainable fisheries and supporting fishing communities, Seafood Imports is a very welcome new addition to our Member network. They are ideally placed to inform the US retail and foodservice sectors about the importance of supporting one-by-one caught tuna and the positive economic and social impact that such purchasing decisions can have.”
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ABOUT SEAFOOD IMPORTS
Seafood Imports Inc is a family business with a seafood history and a love for the oceans. Since 1998, it has been distributing premium-quality seafood to restaurants, foodservice and supermarkets across the United States, including its private-labelled, superior grade foodservice fish and cutting-edge meal solutions, JAVA® and JAVA® Kosher.
Dedicated to providing responsibly sourced and high-quality choices of wild-caught and farmed-raised seafood products, the company imports and distributes tropical fish species such as tuna, snapper and grouper species from Indonesia, as well as products from Japan, Vietnam and South Africa.
Seafood Imports provides a direct source to a consistent quality and dependable supply of seafood, as well as some unique and on-point value-added seafood items, incorporating organic ingredients and healthy trends.
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 the UK and the Maldives, and a staff presence in Indonesia, South Africa, France, Germany, the Netherlands, North America and St Helena.