POLE & LINE, fishing with rod and line is an art, and it is not without reason that Azores fishing is certified 'Pole & Line'. The fishermen master this technique. Fishing with rod and line is a tradition passed down through generations. When the fishermen go out, they scout with binoculars for the schools of tuna. When a shoal of tuna is spotted, the fishermen set course for the shoal and when they approach, the engine is switched off and water sprinklers spray seawater onto the surface to simulate the movements of the small fish the tuna are chasing. From here on, the Azores rule applies; 1 man, 1 fishing rod, 1 hook and 1 tuna. With this method, fishermen only catch tuna and avoid bycatch and damage to the marine environment.
DOLPHIN SAFE, due to the nature-friendly fishing method, dolphin populations are protected and dolphins do not end up as part of the catch. When tuna is fished in areas such as the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, it is often with seine boats that use large nets where they scoop up from the sea. With seine fishing, no animal or marine environment is spared. In 1998, the NGO organization Earth Islanders Institute certified the Azores' fishing 'Dolphine Safe' for their sustainable and nature-friendly fishing. The fishery is controlled and the fish landed are recorded so that they can be traced back to the fishing vessel that caught them.
FREIND OF THE SEA, this certification is a blue stamp of fishing in the Azores. Not only must the fishing method be sustainable, so must the tuna caught. That is why Santa Catarina is very concerned about protecting the tuna and only fishing them after their reproduction. Skipjack tuna breed in the winter season in the sea area of Cape Verde, and after their reproductive stay move towards the Azores in search of food. The tuna are therefore only caught after they have reproduced and are therefore not threatened by overfishing. In addition to the fact that fishing is nature-friendly, all operations must also be done without destruction and damage to the marine environment. Look more at; popaobserver.org
QUALIDADE AZORES, Santa Catarina is committed to protecting the local environment and using local labor and local raw materials in their production. With social responsibility, Santa Catarina ensures, among other things, that 160 men and women have a job. But in fact this certification means that Santa Catarina tuna products are of the highest quality. Santa Catarina are extremely professional in preserving tuna and are therefore very concerned about the welfare of their employees. Because only with satisfied and skilled employees will Santa Catarina be able to maintain their high quality. Read more at atumsantacatarina.com