Spanish multi-product seafood producer Coper has committed to environmentally responsible practices in fishing and production of fish products.
Comercial Pernas SL, one of Spain’s leading seafood producers, has been awarded Friend of the Sea certification for sustainable seafood production. With this certification, Coper can display the Friend of the Sea eco-label on its products.
‘It’s a pleasure to welcome Coper into the ranks of companies that take marine environmental sustainability seriously,’ said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea.
‘In their case, they made the commitment to an environmental review of their entire production chain. This took effort and investment, an investment the market is choosing to reward.
Coper was founded in 1988. The goal of the venture was to represent companies that supplied the canning industry.
From its base at Pontevedra in Spain, the company has grown significantly over time, eventually operating an exclusive commercialisation operation for fish from PEVASA and INPESCA Group’s fleets in Europe and North of Africa.
Coper markets 80,000 tonnes of product per year, with revenues topping €200 million. Its best-known brand is Ocean King.
Coper also participates, as a shareholder in Atunlo, in several manufacturing plants focused on the preparation of raw and cooked tuna loins. Coper offers products made from multiple species of tuna, cephalopods such as octopus and squid and pelagic fish such as sardines and mackerel.