· JC Mackintosh leads the bluefin tuna market in Spain with the world-renowned MSC sustainable fishing certificate.
· The MSC Sustainable Fisheries Certificate is widely recognized as the most rigorous and valued assessment process in the world.
Tarifa, September 12, 2022 - JC Mackintosh, a leading company in the fishing and distribution of wild-caught bluefin tuna, after more than three years of independent auditing and having demonstrated its sustainable practices, has achieved the Sustainable Fishing certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for 100% of its catches, successfully overcoming the most demanding sustainable fishing audit process.
The species certified under the MSC standard is the bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus) from the North Atlantic, which Atún Rojo del Estrecho S.L., whose commercial name is JC Mackintosh, catches on demand by hand, with hook and one by one in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar throughout the year for distribution in the national market and exports to Italy, the United Arab Emirates and France, among others.
JC Mackintosh has announced that, after a long process, it has reached a new milestone in sustainable fishing, obtaining the world-renowned MSC certification for all its catches. The independent evaluation with a satisfactory result has been carried out based on a process that takes scientific indicators of sustainable fishing and traceability of fishery products under the three principles of the MSC Standard: the health of the bluefin tuna population, minimization of the impact on the marine environment as a whole and an effective fisheries management system. The MSC blue seal and its certification program recognize and reward sustainable fishing practices and also help create a more sustainable market for seafood.
MSC is the only international wild-capture fisheries certification and eco-labelling program that meets the best practice requirements established by both the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Accreditation and Labeling Alliance. Social and Environmental (ISEAL).
“Bluefin tuna fishing in Andalusia is an activity of great social and economic importance that provides highly appreciated fish. Thanks to the combined efforts made by the relevant actors, the recovery plan developed in ICCAT has made it possible to reverse the situation in which the bluefin tuna population of the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean found itself 15 years ago. If we want to guarantee the future of this population, the current management plan must continue to be implemented effectively. We congratulate the company from Cadiz, JC Mackintosh, for being a pioneer in Spain in certifying its fishing operations for this species with respect to the MSC sustainable fishing standard. We are delighted that very soon consumers around the world will be able to enjoy MSC blue label bluefin tuna” Laura Rodríguez, MSC Program Director for Spain and Portugal.
COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABLE FISHING AND QUALITY
JC Mackintosh fishes on demand, thereby reducing the dramatic consequences of overfishing. Furthermore, through a unique homegrown technique in Europe known as The 5 Mackintosh Steps (Stress-Free Catch, Ike Jime Slaughter, Complete Bleeding, Gutting and Controlled Cooling) which is performed on board, one by one and immediately after tuna has been caught, JC Mackintosh gets the highest quality possible from this magnificent animal. It is its artisanal fishing status that allows it to produce excellent quality bluefin tuna.
Bluefin tuna is a gourmet product that has great health properties, since its content is high in fatty acids such as Omega-3, in vitamins and minerals. In Spain, and more specifically in Tarifa, we have a product of excellent quality that is highly valued, a true diamond in the rough that requires knowing how to treat it in order to extract its maximum splendor from it.
JC Mackintosh has always cultivated excellence. Sustainability, Quality and Animal Welfare are its commitments. For this, it carries out rigorous controls combining tradition, experience and the most modern technique. The fishing, slaughter, preparation and delivery processes are controlled according to the strictest food safety requirements.
They have their own tuna fleet of three vessels, which are María Inmaculada, Daserbe and Barbara y Sandra, which practice artisanal fishing with a quota of 135 tons per year, a relatively small volume compared to the industrial fishing of bluefin tuna.
“We are bluefin tuna artisans located in Tarifa, passionate for healthy living and fervently convinced of respect for nature. These three qualities, together with the richness of our environment, allow us to develop a sustainable business model whose objective is to offer the highest quality bluefin tuna to the most demanding consumers. Sustainability and quality is the essence of our business project, which is why we seek certifications such as the prestigious MSC that serve as recognition and guarantee of our commitment.” Juan Carlos Mackintosh, CEO JC Mackintosh.
According to a ClicKoala survey, three out of four consumers value ecological seals when making purchases. Therefore, this new certification materializes JC Mackintosh’s commitment to providing consumers with maximum information and transparency in order to carry out responsible consumption.
And it is that year after year, JC Mackintosh continues to fight for the conservation of the oceans and ecosystems. Since its foundation, aspects such as sustainability and social responsibility have been two of the fundamental pillars of the company, transversal to all its activity. Certificado Pesca Sostenible MSC