Rio Mare


Our Principles and Commitments

Bolton Alimentari works to guarantee the long-term sustainability of tuna stocks, the reduction of bycatch, and to promote the protection and health of the marine ecosystem.

Our principles are inspired by the code of conduct for responsible fishing issued by the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation).

  • We recognise the nutritional, economic, social, environmental and cultural importance of fishing, taking into consideration the interests of all those involved in the sector;
  • It is necessary to establish a balance between biological resources and fishing efforts, avoiding the over-exploitation of resources and ensuring that they can naturally repopulate in harmony with the marine ecosystem.
  • It is necessary to prioritise and develop selective fishing methods or equipment that respect the environment and make it possible to reduce bycatch, the fishing of young tuna and other marine creatures;
  • The development of data collection systems, and the verification and traceability of fishing right along the supply chain are essential for guaranteeing the sustainability of fish resources. So too is the availability of comprehensive information based on precise scientific studies;
  • Protected marine areas are a key habitat for guaranteeing the conservation, maintenance and protection of biodiversity and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources;
  • The use of fish resources must take account, as a priority, of the state of the stocks and of whether there is any evident risk of extinction or excessive exploitation;
  • We believe that it is necessary to pursue a policy that diversifies the procurement process in terms of the various oceans, the various species of tuna and the various fishing methods in order to respect the sustainability of the stocks and to balance the strengths and weaknesses of the various fishing methods.


With regard to these principles, we have defined a series of commitments for 2011-2013:

Improve traceability and stop illegal fishing (IUU): 

  • Bolton Alimentari does not purchase from any company that has even just one vessel on the EU IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) list.
  • Does not use tuna that has been transhipped as this method compromises the traceability of the product and the subsequent food safety of the consumer.

Supporting the marine reserves:

  • Bolton Alimentari does not purchase tuna from marine reserves (in the four marine reserves of the western-central Pacific as established by the Nauru Agreement (PNA) in 2010) or from protected areas identified by the coastal states and the RFMO (Regional Fisheries Management Organizations)

Improving the information on products: 

  • Since 2011 we indicated the species of tuna used (with its scientific name) on the packaging of our products
  • As of 2012 we will also be gradually adding the ocean of provenance of our tuna to our packaging
  • On the Rio Mare website it is possible to trace the journey taken by the tuna from the sea to the TABLE.

Reducing bycatch: 

  • Bolton Alimentari does not use tuna fished with long liners and with the drift fishing method is against the practice of shark finning and requests guarantees from its suppliers that they do not practice these activities
  • Supports ISSF scientific research and projects aimed at improving tuna stocks, and limiting bycatch and the fishing of young tuna
  • Since 1992 it has participated in the Dolphin Safe programme for the protection of marine mammals.

Promoting and adopting sustainable practices: 

  • As co-founder and active member, Bolton Alimentari adheres to the resolutions of the ISSF
  • In line with the strategy of the ISSF, Bolton Alimentari is in favour of limiting fishing capacity to a level in keeping with the long-term sustainability of marine resources and the wellbeing of the entire marine ecosystem
  • is in favour of drafting a single global list of vessels based on the UVI (Unique Vessel Identification) number issued by the IMO (International Marine Organization)
  • since June 2011 only purchases tuna from vessels with such a number
    via the ISSF, encourages the RFMO, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, to operate in an effective manner
  • promotes the presence of independent international observers on vessels during fishing to avoid any kinds of irregularity
  • does not and will not use at-risk species such as Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

We pledge to reach 100% tuna from more sustainable fishing by 2017 as a natural evolution of the 45% target by 2013, as published in April 2011.