This morning, celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue launched our latest canned tuna ranking at the Sydney Aquarium. The third edition of the ranking contains some exciting new developments for Australia’s canned tuna industry. But is it good news all around?
We’re delighted to announce that Safcol is the first Australian company to commit to a 100% pole and line skipjack, the most sustainable tuna product. Shifting this major tuna brand is a massive win and is thanks to the thousands of concerned consumers who wrote to tuna companies urging them to end their role in the fishing crisis.
In other good news, most tuna brands have now ruled out selling overfished Yellowfin tuna, a step up from our last canned tuna ranking.
Despite these improvements, nearly every Australian tuna brand refuses to rule out destructive fishing methods. These methods – particularly the use of purse seines with fish aggregation devices (FADs) – are responsible for the widespread destruction of marine life, such as endangered sharks and turtles, as well as juvenile tuna.
In contrast, every major tuna player in the UK has swapped destructive fishing methods for sustainable ones, following consumer pressure.
Destructive and illegal fishing activity is one of the most urgent issues facing the Pacific. 5 out of 8 tuna species are threatened or near threatened and the UN predicts that, at current rates, there'll be no edible fish left by 2050 (besides the occasional squid).
Australia’s canned tuna industry is worth over $300 million a year – the actions of tuna brands have a huge impact on the health of our oceans.
It’s time all Australian tuna brands change their tuna.
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