Al Badr Seafoods Pvt. Ltd 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.
Located in Cochin, South India, the international processor specialises in the canning of fish and fishery products. It is the sister company of Tunisia-based Al Badr International, and when it was founded in 2005, it was the first canning factory of its kind in India.
Conveniently located close to the Lakshadweep pole-and-line tuna fishery, Al Badr Seafoods processes skipjack and yellowfin tuna, as well as many varieties of other fish species. The company produces 160,000 cans of fish and fishery products daily, including 80,000 cans of sustainable pole-and-line caught tuna.
As part of its quality assurance, the company also has its own in-house laboratory that conducts microbiological and histamine analysis. Its products are exported to markets in Africa, the Caribbean, Middle East, South America and Asia.
Al Badr Seafoods is currently in the process of expanding its facility and extending its product line to incorporate the production of pre-cooked tuna loins and frozen fish. Through this expansion, it expects to produce 100 containers annually.
Dr Yousef Alkouni Alghdr, Managing Director of Al Badr Seafoods, says, “We proudly support the local and sustainable pole-and-line tuna fishery of Lakshadweep as it’s very important that the tuna fisheries that we source from are low impact. As a company on the verge of expansion, we have partnered with IPNLF to help grow our network and ultimately increase the benefits that the pole-and-line fishery brings.”
Al Badr Seafoods joins IPNLF’s growing network of value chain stakeholders from all over the world that are collectively working to enhance one-by-one tuna fisheries and the value that they deliver to the communities connected to them.
Martin Purves, Managing Director of IPNLF, comments, “Al Badr Seafoods illustrates the very strong ties that often exist between processing businesses and coastal fishing operations and we are very pleased to be welcoming Al Badr into our Member network. It’s fantastic that this new partnership extends IPNLF’s reach into India, a region with a great deal of untapped potential in the one-by-one tuna space.”
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ABOUT AL BADR
Al Badr Seafoods Pvt. Ltd is an international processing company located in Cochin, South India, that specialises in the canning of fish and fishery products in vegetable oil. It is the sister company of Al Badr international based in Tunisia, and when it was founded in 2005, it was the first canning factory of its kind in India. Conveniently located next to Lakshadweep, home of a pole-and-line tuna fishery, Al Badr processes skipjack and yellowfin tuna, along with many other types of fish. Each day, Al Badr produces around 160,000 cans of fish and fishery products. It owns an in-house lab where it does microbiological and histamine analysis for quality assurance. Al Badr exports to countries in Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Asia. The company is in the process of broadening its facility and extending its product line to the production of pre-cooked tuna loins and frozen fish. Through this expansion, Al Badr is expecting to produce 100 containers annually.
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.