France—Weishardt, a global supplier of fish gelatin and fish collagen peptides, has achieved Friend of the Sea certification, according to a press release.

“It has been wonderful to work with Weishardt,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Their embrace of sustainable practices aligns with their overall approach to scientific production and quality management. They set a great example for this industry.”

The company was founded in France in 1839, and was the first to produce edible gelatin in 1957. It produces a range of fish collagen peptides registered under the trademark Naticol, used in functional foods, supplements, nutraceuticals, and cosmetofoods. The raw material is sourced from the byproducts of sustainably farmed and wild aquatic fish species, preventing waste.

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Certified Friend of the Sea producers verify that their suppliers are approved and implement sustainable fishing practices, helping provide third-party assurance to consumers.

“We are proud to be the first fish collagen manufacturer to achieve the Friend of the Sea certification,” said Pascale Robert-Jolimaître, Weishardt General Manager for Quality and R&D. “As fish collagen demand raises globally, it’s crucial to maintain healthy oceans if we want to preserve the planet for the future generations. Our customers, as well as their consumers, can now be assured that our products come from well-managed and sustainable sources.”