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Asia’s Only Eco-recommended Blue Swimming Crab Fishery

Taprobane Seafoods is a key partner to Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods and our customers. Our partnership has more than 90% of the total Eco-Recommended Blue Swimming Crab coming into the U.S. which has an enormous impact on the entire local community.

Taprobane is the only corporate member of the Sri Lankan Blue Swimming Crab (SLBSC) Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), initiated by the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Crab Council and the Seafood Exporters’ Association of Sri Lanka (SEASL) in May 2013.

The FIP brings together small-scale fishermen, seafood manufacturers, and government agencies to improve the biological and ecological status, and the management of BSC fisheries in the Palk Bay and in the Gulf of Mannar. Members of the FIP also work to ensure that supply chains for Sri Lanka’s BSC products are equitable and socially responsible.

These fisheries are the first in Sri Lanka and only BSC fisheries in South and Southeast Asia to achieve a score equivalent to an unconditional pass against the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Fisheries Standard. They are also the only in Asia to be recommended by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

Taprobane became the first Sri Lankan seafood company to establish a Sustainability Team to support their ongoing commitments to sustainability initiatives and recently joined the UN Global Compact. With a 78% female workforce ratio, this all-female team also works to enhance diversity and inclusion initiatives to help create the path for others in the industry. 

Seated: Sathya Rathnayake 
Standing:  Sunela Samaranayake, Nethmi Thenuwara, Udari Morawake, Pamoda Pallage

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