Years of IPNLF Membership

Salica, a specialist tuna cannery based in Bermeo, Spain, was the first Spanish cannery to launch MSC certified albacore products under its own brand: CAMPOS and private label.

The demand for pole-and-line caught skipjack tuna, especially for the UK market, led Salica to join IPNLF, with the commitment of promoting pole-and-line tuna mainly in European markets. Salica is a member of a number of organisations sharing the same vision of initiatives for long-term ocean conservation.

Salica’s traceability system guards its products and guarantees full information on all its supply sources. Salica believes that a business strategy based on safe, high-quality products production of which does not affect the environment or society, can only be maintained through business practices based on the principle of Sustainable Development. In this way, Salica looks to satisfy the needs of today’s society without compromising the requirements of future generations.

As the first Spanish cannery to launch certified MSC albacore products, Salica is a forefront player in the Spanish sustainable canning market. Ensuring full traceability on products and supply, Salica is continually feeding the market's hunger for sustainable practice in their field.

At A Glance

Supplying to
United Kingdom
Three's a Crowd

SALICA operate three different processors: 

SALICA INDUSTRIA ALIMENTARIA, based in Bermeo (SPAIN) and founded in 1990

SALICA ALIMENTOS CONGELADOS, founded as an affiliated company in Galicia (SPAIN) in 1999

and SALICA DEL ECUADOR, created to serve the US markets in 2001

Continuing to Grow

With these three different branches, SALICA has continued to expand its production. In the early 2000’s Salica started processing frozen pre-cooked loin in Ecuador. By 2005, the Salica del Ecuador plant had incorporated canning capabilities. Later in 2009, the raw frozen loin plant began operations. In 2013, Salica del Ecuador expanded its facilities to diversify its canning packaging format introducing a pouch line in 2016.

SALICA is increasing sustainable products by including organic ingredients in its recipes as well as raw material from vessels certified under "UNE: 195006 Tuna from Responsible Fishing" Standard, focusing on social issues on board as well as in the MSC Chain of Custody.

Values Salica outlines their three core values as:

Salica outlines their three core values as:

Respect: By creating an atmosphere of trust and respect for people, regulations, ethics, the environment and health and safety.

Honesty: By acting transparently and consistently with the truth.

Responsibility: By being aware of our obligations and acting in accordance with them


SALICA offers a track and trace operation on their website, allowing customers to find out where their fish has come from all from the back of their pack codes.

At Salica, as an active player in the tuna market, we believe it is our responsibility to supply pole-and-line caught tuna along with other ‎fishing methods. By doing so, we protect our environment, support fishers globally and build our business upon the principles of sustainable development.

Cristina Rodriguez (Export Manager)

Our Fisheries

North Atlantic pole-and-line and troll albacore tuna

Atlantic Ocean
This fishery was established by the Spanish and French in the Bay of Biscay at the end of WWII. The original fishery operates in the summer months as this suits the migration patterns of the albacore tuna in the Atlantic. In 1970, the fishery expanded to operate off Morocco to cover the autumn months when the albacore tuna seek warmer waters.
Albacore Tuna
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AAFA North Pacific pole-and-line and troll albacore

Pacific Ocean
The American Albacore Fishery Association operates off the Western coast of the United States and has two subset fisheries: North and South. In the North, pole-and-line and trolling fisheries are the two methods of one-by-one fishing used to catch albacore tuna.
United States
Albacore Tuna
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New Zealand troll albacore tuna

Pacific Ocean
The New Zealand troll fishery fishes for albacore tuna from the Southern Pacific albacore population. Hunting off of the Northern coasts of New Zealand, the troll fishing vessels begin their trips in the summer months between December and May.
New Zealand
Albacore Tuna
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Company Policies and Reports

SALICA defines their key mission as: 

"We offer the global market safe, quality products that contribute to consumer nutrition, health and well-being, and we do so in a sustainable and ethical way with accountability to our stakeholders.

We strive to be at the forefront of the development of fishery products, to enter new markets with a sustainable approach, promoting responsible fishing and strengthening stakeholder relations by means of technological, industrial, environmental management and social responsibility."

This means making the commitment to source pole-and-line fish from small scale fisheries. This sourcing combines the delicious choice of tuna, with social and environmental sustainability. 

Fisheries Improvement Toolbox (FIT) Engagement

Policy work with IPNLF 

In 2020, Salica joined IPNLF to endorse the World Economic Forum’s Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration, prioritising traceability throughout the supply chain. In the same year, they also began working with global initiatives to help implement a policy that ensures transparent and sustainable sourcing by their suppliers. Their Responsible Purchasing Policy outlines their commitment to suppliers that consciously comply with FAO, the European code of sustainable and responsible fisheries practices.


Marketing Engagement

Salica sees their work as suppliers as important for the economic, environmental and social well-being of the coastal communities and this ethos is firmly placed at the heart of their operations. 

They are the benchmark of quality tuna production in Spain, with their knowledge of tuna, the best practices in manufacturing and the quality of its products. Salica understands and implements a program of continuous improvement with the aim of improved customer satisfaction, consumer health and safety, environmental protection and the promotion of social responsibility. Their quality is constantly verified through continued monitoring and analysis, allowing Salica to achieve and maintain the very highest product standards.