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The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) wouldn’t be able to perform its life-saving rescue and water-safety education work without funding from our partners. We thank West Point Fishing Corporation and other divisions of the Terrasan Group for their consistent and valued support over the last two decades.

A company that is dedicated to safe and sustainable fishing practices and a volunteer organisation that responds to incidents at sea go hand in hand quite naturally. West Point Fishing Corporation is behind the well-known Saldanha brand of pilchards, fishmeal and fish oil, which is processed at the West Point Processors facility on the Cape West Coast.

West Point Fishing is part of the Terrasan Group, a firm that has investments in the pelagic fishing, mariculture, aquaculture and property industries. Within the group, there are a number of divisions that have supported – and continue to support – the NSRI in one form or another since 2001.

A Platinum Partner set

The original Saldanha Group made its first contribution to the NSRI in 2001, while Terrasan Pelagic Fishery first began supporting the NSRI in 2008. Then, when the Terrasan Group acquired the pelagic fishing division of the Saldanha Group in 2017, Saldanha Protein Group made its first contribution as a Gold Partner, and since 2018 has been an active Platinum Partner for the fourth consecutive year.

The Platinum Partner set, made up of West Point Fishing, West Point Processors, Terrasan Pelagic Fishery and Saldanha Sales & Marketing, has renewed its sponsorship for the next three years.

Mutual gratitude

Saldanha Protein Group Administrator Tina Roux says of the company’s decision to support the NSRI: “West Point Fishing Corporation is delighted to be associated with the NSRI, which has over many years delivered excellent service to the South African fishing industry and our seagoing staff. Our fishermen make their daily living from the sea in sometimes harsh and dangerous weather conditions. Because our group consists of many operations that predominantly operate at sea, we felt it appropriate to partner with the NSRI. We wish to thank them for the excellent service they provide.”

NSRI CEO, Dr Cleeve Robertson acknowledges the critical role that South African fishermen play in food security, and how the organisation serves the industry with commitment. “The Covid-19 era has underlined the lives and livelihoods of South Africans and the NSRI is acutely conscious of our role in providing a safety net for the fishing industry, fishing companies and, most of all, the fishers who get their hands wet providing food for the nation. We provide this service with passion and enthusiasm, but also with the tremendous and continuous support of companies like those within the Terrasan Group. We are proudly South African and we serve with humility, understanding the critical role the group plays in the context of our society. Thank you for your support!” Dr Robertson says.

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