Canned Tuna – Changing the way we fish for tuna

by Lana Brandt on March 29th, 2012

By Lana Gunnlaugson, National SeaChoice Manager

BC Albacore Tuna

Canned tuna is one of the most popular seafood choices found in shopping carts across Canada. It’s easy to stock up on, healthy in omega-3 fatty acids and relatively affordable for most family budgets. Canned tuna is also a handy ingredient that can be used in many recipes from your favourite casserole or pasta dish or even as a quick snack on top of your salad or in a tuna melt sandwich. As such a popular choice, it is really important that canned tuna is sourced from sustainable fisheries that use ocean-friendly fishing gear to fish only healthy stocks of tuna.

This past week there has been a lot of good news stories about the sustainability improvements for canned tuna sold in Canada. Greenpeace sparked this buzz in the media by releasing their 2012 Canned Tuna Rankings, an annual report that is motivating canned tuna companies to shift their source from red-listed fisheries to more sustainable options. SeaChoice partner Canada Safeway also announced this week that their Safeway brand skipjack tuna (both chunk-light and flaked-light) will be sourced responsibly using sustainable fishing gear. This reflects some important big steps in becoming an ocean-friendly tuna market leader.

Greenpeace 2012 Canned Tuna Rankings

So how does your canned tuna brand stack up on sustainability in this year’s Greenpeace report?  You might be surprised to learn that many popular brands you see in many grocery stores are not sourcing their tuna responsibly. Help shift the demand for ocean-friendly canned tuna and seafood in your grocery store by using the SeaChoice seafood guide and supporting responsibly sourced seafood.

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