The fish scales used in the production of TruMarine Collagen (Premium Select grade) are a wild-harvested extract of a sustainable snapper from the South Pacific Ocean. It is a natural by-product of the seafood industry that would otherwise be discarded and lost.
Seafood companies create fish by-product (e.g. fish skin and scales) when the fish are prepared for human consumption. Production of marine-based food and bioactive ingredients from these by-products is growing in popularity as it helps reduce processing waste, thereby catering to ethical and environmental concerns. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, discards from the world’s fisheries in 2005 exceeded seven million tons, with only 50% of total catch being used for actual human consumption. Following an ocean-friendly fishing policy, Nippi uses species of fish for our Premium Select grade that are not red-rated by the Blue Ocean Institute. Our collagen is extracted from wild-caught sustainable deep-sea fish, including crimson snapper (Lutjanus erythropterus) and saddletail snapper (Lutjanus malabaricus).
According to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, these are widespread and sustainable species in the Indo-Pacific region and are found in abundance in the Indo-West Pacific region from Australia in the south to Japan in the north, and as far west as the eastern coast of Africa.
In 2015, Nippi continued with its commitment to introduce quality and sustainable marine collagen to the global market and was awarded Non-GMO Project verification. The Non-GMO Project Verified seal is North America’s only independent verification for products and shows a high level of commitment to transparency and to changing the overall supply chain. The Non-GMO Project Verified seal indicates that the raw material bearing the seal has gone through a rigorous process that includes traceability and testing of major ingredients at high risk for GMOs throughout the supply chain to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.