Internationally recognized for its practice of responsible fishing, Unima , with its fleet of 20 trawlers, catches 2,500 tons of wild shrimp per year, strictly implementing the FAO code of conduct in order to maintain sustainable marine resources:
Strictly controlled fishing effort.
Larger mesh size of nets and reduction of the width of the trawls.
Equipping the trawlers with
TEDs (Turtle Excluding Devices)
and BRDs (By-catch Reduction Devices),
to reduce by-catch of fish and turtle,
in collaboration with the WWF.
Protection of the shore and
the coral eco-system.
Cooperation with traditional fishermen to ensure a sustainable use of marine resources.
Creation of alternate income sources for the traditional fishermen during the closure of shrimp-fishing season.
Unima has played a key role in setting up responsible fishing practices in Madagascar, mainly through its role as a founding member of the GAPCM (Group of Shrimp Aquaculture and Fishery operators of Madagascar). Together with this organisation and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Group has initiated a procedure of eco-certification for fisheries.