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" The invention of the Madagascan aquaculture eco-model "

The UNIMA group and the Ismail family
the shrimp fishing adventure begins (Nosy Be fisheries)
Aziz Ismail and his son Amyne Ismail develop the Madagascan aquaculture eco-model
Amyne Ismail takes over as CEO of UNIMA
“Label Rouge” certification for UNIMA shrimp
Launch of the gourmet Selection range

Aziz Ismail founds the UNIMA group

Aziz Ismail founded the UNIMA group in 1965. Originally from India, the Ismail family has lived on Big Island for three generations. The shrimp fishing adventure began in 1973 when Aziz Ismail – who had already successfully developed a textile business in Madagascar with his uncle and cousin – took over the Nosy Be Fisheries.

Dedicated visionaries, the Ismails have made environmental and biodiversity protection a core feature of their project. After carrying out a number of studies in the 1980s, Aziz Ismail and his son Amyne developed the Madagascan aquaculture eco-model. They created several hundred hectares of shrimp ponds, first in Mahajamba Bay and then in Besalampy.

In 1998, Amyne H. Ismail took over as UNIMA’s CEO and continued to transform aquaculture. Amyne Ismail began to integrate and control the entire production-distribution chain. This phase began with the creation of a broodstock domestication centre, a new larval rearing site, an IT subcontracting company and the total integration of international product distribution with subsidiaries in France, Spain and Portugal. This was followed by an aquaculture feed production plant and a cooking workshop near Boulogne sur Mer, in the Hauts de France.

Amyne Ismail has also committed UNIMA to an innovative ecological and social responsibility approach with the foundation and transformation of the village of Besakoa (education, healthcare, well-being, etc.), a tree planting programme and the preservation of local biodiversity. These commitments have been widely acclaimed by NGOs (WWF, BLUE VENTURES,…) who have been working in coordination with UNIMA for years.

In 2004, the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food awarded UNIMA’s shrimp “Label Rouge” certification. UNIMA was the first non-European agri-food company to obtain this prestigious label. The Group then started farming certified organic shrimp.

Today, the UNIMA Group remains world-renowned for its eco-responsible shrimp, which are naturally exceptional.

Our mission

For the past 50 years, our mission has been to produce exceptional shrimp. Our process is continuously evolving in the best interests of our customers, employees, Madagascan communities and the environment.

What we stand for

Our goals are to cultivate and preserve nature, and to feed people in a healthy and sustainable way while generating wealth that is fairly shared with our employees and local communities.

Our values

Nature often imposes its own values. As nature strives to protect us, we must be passionate and determined to “evolve” together (the Madagascan motto “Antsika Jiaby Miara Mandroso”), in order to be exemplary and understand the importance of sharing.

« The will to reconcile humans with their environment »
Sharing relies on balance. Without balance, there can be no bridges between Madagascar and the rest of the world. This balance sheds light on the relationship between economic activities and social issues, and on the wealth of the global North and South, where the determination to reconcile humans with their environment is key.
« To produce an exceptional quality shrimp that is good for people and for nature »
UNIMA has set itself the goal of being exemplary in this regard. This is like a profitable pendulum: our commitment to a process of continuous evolution over the past 50 years aims to produce an exceptional quality shrimp that is good for people and for nature. For UNIMA, the concept of sharing simplifies the approach to life. Sharing is deeply rooted in Madagascan culture; through Fihavanana, sharing is woven into all of the relationships we build.
Solidarity is a strong bond that unites the Group's employees and is naturally expressed in our teamwork. We also share this bond with our business partners, a founding value that we insist on at the start of all new partnerships. UNIMA would not be the Group it is today without the women and men who have chosen to participate in this adventure. At the very start of this project, we committed to investing in this living and essential force. We are dedicated to continuously improving working conditions and facilitating personal development.
« When UNIMA progresses, Madagascar progresses too! »
Our partner NGOs and local associations share our love for our island and the duties we have to our community: protecting local flora and fauna; improving the living conditions of the local population. From the very beginning, we have shared the wealth generated by the Group with our employees and Madagascan communities.
When UNIMA progresses, Madagascar progresses too!


The best way to progress is to fulfil your commitments: UNIMA carried out its first tree planting campaign in 1998; its first carbon footprint assessment in 2007; built a first school (1994); built a medical clinic (1994); and built a mother and child centre (2021).

This complete commitment was developed from the outset on the basis of the complete integration of the production chain. This integration is conducive to creating eco-models and developing best practices to produce exceptional shrimp that are good for people and nature. A comprehensive and uncompromising commitment to the quality and traceability of our products. Our shrimp are selectively caught or farmed at low density. In an environment that resembles their natural habitat (the mangrove), the shrimp are fed without antibiotics, GMOs or processed animal proteins. All of their organoleptic and nutritional qualities are preserved thanks to our excellent cold chain control, from harvest to distribution, via our cooking workshop located in Boulogne-sur-Mer in France.

“ Exceptional shrimp that is good for people and for nature “

Cultivating and preserving the environment

The urgency for environmental action has become so pressing that the time for talking is now past. UNIMA has always understood that action, not talk, is paramount: tree planting (2.5 million trees), careful packaging selection and waste reduction, forest protection, complete mangrove protection… This only works with a long-standing commitment to ecosystem and biodiversity preservation and regeneration.

Community commitments

The village of Besakoa is one of those thriving, unique and rare places in the world that is firmly grounded in reality thanks to UNIMA’s determination: schools, high school, boarding school, clinic, dentistry, maternity care, gendarmerie, market, community hall…all in a peaceful urban environment. This is our daily commitment to improving the quality of life of Madagascan communities by promoting access to healthcare and education while respecting local regulations, practices and customs. These sincere and transparent commitments, in collaboration with NGOs (WWF & Blue ventures) and local associations, are implemented through the UN’s SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals – and regularly audited by an independent body.

Focus on our commitments

A “collective intelligence” drives UNIMA to organise our work in a regulatory compliant and respectful way. Above all, UNIMA is committed to its employees by providing social benefits well above the country’s minimum standard, and continuously contributing to the improvement of employee working conditions and personal development. Employment only begins at 18, employees work 40-hour weeks, receive overtime compensation, have access to a health clinic, health insurance, etc.

It is also a social position

The UNIMA Group is the leading producer and distributor of premium shrimp in Madagascar. Internationally renowned by gourmets and amateurs, our shrimp are the pride of Madagascar.

UNIMA meets the 17 SDGs

In September 2015, the UN’s 193 member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is called Agenda 2030. It is an agenda for people, for the planet, for prosperity and for peace. It includes the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda. For the successful fulfilment of a SDG, it is essential to consider its relationship with each of the other 16 SDGs. Each SDG is directly or indirectly impacted by the others.

We understand that these 17 objectives have a very different reading depending on whether they are interpreted by a country in the North or a country in the South. In Madagascar, major efforts are required to tackle the very real problems that are poverty, health care access, food security and education.