We are engaged to sustainable fisheries policies and practices.
Sustainability Policy at Elaborados Miguel Médicis
Currently, the fishing industry has a capture capacity that notably exceeds the rate at which ecosystems can produce fish, which means that natural resources are not being used effectively.
At Miguel Médicis we are aware of the importance of safeguarding the seas and the ecosystem. In this view, we are committed to: preserving the fish collection and fish processing activities are based on specified and recognizable marine ecosystems, maintaining in the long-term the management of resources that support these activities, providing the well-being within the work force among the fishing community and ensuring the health and integrity of marine ecosystems with a view to constantly improve the benefits of all consumers and stakeholders.
To meet the above-mentioned premises, at Miguel Médicis we are committed to the following practices:
Firstly, we carry out an assessment of raw materials. In this assessment, we make sure that our ships adapt their fishing methods to the newest techniques and practices, as well as respecting prohibited areas.
We have respect for biological rest in order to secure the regeneration of species.
Once we have completed the capturing process, we guarantee the traceability of our products from the capture itself to the points of sale and distribution.
During the processes of handling and packaging, we minimize the amount of waste emissions and the level of packaging, thus promoting recycling practices and boosting the energy efficiency.
MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) for Certified Sustainable
Both consumers and suppliers demand warranties about the origin of marine products. More specifically, they want that the products do not raise neither social nor environmental concerns due to overfishing.
At Miguel Médicis we constantly search for fisheries that exercise good management practices not only to maintain sustainable and quality jobs, but also committed to preserving future fish populations and protecting the sea environment.
The main duties that a fishery should pursue are the following:
Using the same equipments and watercrafts to capture the same variety of fish.
Handling, storage and transportation of the fish capture.
Distribution and sale of the fish capture.
The MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing offers fisheries –in the case of wild fishing- a tool to internationally prove their sustainability through independent assessments and certifications by third parties. This is why we urge fisheries meet the MSC standards, as these sustainable fisheries are well-recognized and rewarded in the fish market, which assures both suppliers and consumers that their seafood and fish products come from secure, well-managed and sustainable resources.
Illegal fishing (IUU)
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition, harms legal fishermen and weakens coastal populations. Because of this, neither Miguel Médicis nor any of its suppliers follow such illegal practices, which are indeed punishable by the European Union.