Years of IPNLF Membership

Actemsa was founded in 1987 by the Escuris Villa family in Puebla del Caramiñal, Galicia, a region in the northwest of Spain. Initially Actemsa operated as an import-export trader of all kinds of fish and seafood. In 1996 Actemsa opened its first freezing and refrigerator plant which now reaches a total capacity of 25,000 metres cubed. In 1998 Actemsa began trading frozen and refrigerated tuna loins and in 2000 opened its first processing plant. Today Actemsa processes more than 40,000 tons tuna fish annually through its own and outsourced plants.

Leal Santos is one of Brazil’s largest producers of tuna loins, with assets that include a fleet of six oceanic pole-and-line fishing boats, a fishmeal factory and its own dock. The Actemsa - Leal Santos Group is one of the leading tuna fish processing and marketing companies in Spain and employs more than 500 people.

At A Glance

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Long History

The roots of Actemsa - Leal Santos can be traced back to the 1889 canning industry in Brazil, originally named Industrias Alimenticias Leal Santos Ltda. After being acquired by ACTEMSA in 2006, the two companies joined together the tradition of canning with the tradition of sustainable sourcing.

Experience is Key

ACTEMSA was founded in 1987 by Mr. Severino Escurís Batalla. He began his work activity back in the family business at the age of 14. He is constantly bringing decades worth of experience to the table. 

Awards and Recognition

ACTEMSA has been recognised for their amazing work since 1996, where Don Severino Escurís was chosen Galican of the Year. 

Since then, Don Severino Escurís has also received the Gold Medal of Merit for Work in 2014, awarded by the Santiago Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of his business career and the strengthening of the business fabric of Galicia.

In 2015, the businessmen of the Polígono de A Tomada paid tribute to their honorary president, Don Severino Escurís, in a meaningful act that was attended by the president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

In Numbers

ACTEMSA has 25,000 m 3 in cold stores, with the capacity to store 11,000 tons of tuna.
Approximately 85,000 tons of tuna is purchased per year, and they process up to 40 tons of loins per day

Actemsa – Leal Santos’s membership of the International Pole & Line Foundation is a further commitment in our support for improved tuna management, and our desire to see dynamic measures adopted in these fisheries that safeguard stocks and the futures of fishing communities. As well as underpinning our historical engagement with these fisheries, we believe IPNLF Membership provides additional assurances to our customers and the marketplace that we are supplying fish that is both sustainably and ethically sourced.

Antonio Fernández (Deputy Director of Production)

Our Fishery

Brazil pole-and-line skipjack tuna

Atlantic Ocean
The Brazil skipjack tuna fishery is the world's fourth-largest producer of tuna, using pole-and-line fishing techniques. The tuna caught from the vessels are processed in the largest canneries in the country, before being sold on the domestic market or exported across the world.
Skipjack Tuna
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Company Policies and Reports

Complying with international fishing regulations is key to the development of our activity, and we have all the international quality and sustainability certifications, in addition to directly practicing sustainable artisanal fishing at the Brazilian subsidiary Leal Santos. At ACTEMSA we are clear that good management and exploitation of fishery resources is key for everyone, which is why we make public our commitment to sustainable fishing and the conservation of the marine environment.

Fisheries Improvement Toolbox (FIT) Engagement

Currently, ACTEMSA processes more than 40,000 tons of tuna through its own and outsourced plants annually. Given its membership with IPNLF, consumers and customers can rest assured that this tuna is ethically and sustainably sourced, clearly demonstrating that one-by-one tuna fishing can be done on grander scales to satisfy large volumes of demand. ACTEMSA demonstrates their commitment to the one-by-one fisheries they source from (such as Brazil's pole-and-line skipjack fishery) through improved tuna management projects that work to safeguard both the tuna stocks and the fishing communities that depend so heavily on these and the associated income they provide.