Afritex recognizes the need to protect and preserve our resources for future generations and through our commitment to sustainable fishing practices, we are Dolphin Safe Certified in both regions, and have engaged with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to develop a Fisheries Improvement Plan in Mauritius and Mozambique.
Afritex Ventures as a responsible corporate citizen prides our self in playing an active role in protecting the marine resources and wellbeing of the ocean. We understand the importance of implementing a sustainable fishing policy, in order to protect both the fish stock and ecosystem of the oceans.
These sustainable policies are practised on all our fishing vessels, both long-line and trawlers, in Mauritius and Mozambique. Afritex is currently registered with Dolphin Safe and have signed with SFP – both organisations being campaigners for the conservation of the oceans. Afritex has recently been recognized as an active participant in the global initiative towards tuna sustainability.
As a responsible member of the fishing community we recognize most shark species are highly susceptible to overfishing, and many are considered threatened or endangered. Furthermore, we understand the wasteful practice of shark finning (the removal and retention of shark fins and discarding at sea of the carcass) contravenes many international rules and regulations and have introduced a shark finning policy against such practices
Afritex takes the responsibility of the impact we have on society very seriously. To fully meet our social responsibility, we have processes in place to integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into our business operations, Afritex holds a Grade A Certificate from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) under the Food Standards Sector.
Our Fisherman and personnel are treated in a fair and humane manner; empowering our staff and crew are an integral to our operations and core values. Our group is strongly against the employment of under-aged persons, and strict measures are taken to prevent any accidental hiring of minors seeking employment, a problem which is common world-wide; discrimination of any kind; forced labour; human trafficking and harassment. We have established a safe and comfortable working environment and currently hold Fair Trade Certification from Fair Trade USA.
Afritex is involved in various corporate responsibility projects, including partnering with local charitable organisations in each of the regions we are established in, to provide by-catch fish free of charge in order to feed the underprivileged with a food source high in protein and nutritional value.
With our unique Fish Trace System all our seafood can be fully traced from origin to final destination. Traceability data is captured into an online database and by simply scanning a barcode the following information can be obtained – ocean, vessel and date of catch; species; who the skipper of the vessel was; temperature logging from when seafood is harvested, stored on board the vessel and transported to final destination; sustainability of the ocean of catch; method of catch and weight.
Each fish is tagged with a unique barcode tag. This barcode is allocated to that specific fish, placed onto all outer packaging and recorded for traceability. The barcode can be scanned from across the world and the data relevant to the specific product will come up.