Greenpeace recently released a list of ten brands of tinned tuna and ranked them from the most to the least sustainable available on supermarket shelves:
“Supermarkets are selling Australian consumers overfished tuna
without our knowledge. As a result, many species are being driven to the brink
of extinction,” said Greenpeace CEO Linda Selvey.
Today, the most common method of fishing tuna – using nets – catches 1kg of unwanted marine animals for every 10kg of tuna caught.
“Several species of tuna are in big trouble. Stocks of Northern and Southern Bluefin have collapsed and already Bigeye, Yellowfin and Albacore Tuna are declining.
Most brands fail to label their products because they don’t have to, it’s not compulsory and consumers are in the dark about what they are eating.
The Greenpeace Canned Tuna Guide ranks brands in four areas: how endangered the tuna species is, policy on illegal fishing, fair tuna trade with the Pacific countries, and usage of destructive fishing practices.
The ranking is topped by Greenseas, with Sirena rated as the worst brand. While 90% of the world’s predatory fish have already been wiped out, the tuna trade remains big business. Canned tuna is the biggest selling seafood product in Australia – worth more than $330 million for Australian supermarkets – and is a staple for many Australian families.
“Most Australians would be horrified to know that they are eating threatened species,” Dr.Selvey said.
“We have launched this guide to help people make an informed choice and to urge supermarkets to remove the worst, unlabelled brands from their shelves.”
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