Photo: Big Tuna Troubles

(Illustration: Matt Forsythe)

By Sophika Kostyniuk, Public Engagement Specialist

Many of us grew up eating tuna sandwiches and canned tuna is still one of most widely sold seafood products in Canada. But we don't really understand all the issues related to eating this popular fish.

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Tuna comes to us from around the globe and may contain high levels of mercury or be teetering on the brink of extinction. In Canada, scientists found a 69 per cent decline in the population of Atlantic bluefin tuna, qualifying it as an endangered species.

Then there's the fraud issue. Did you know, it may not even be tuna you're eating? Studies show that much of what is called tuna is actually other species. In sushi venues in Florida, white tuna was mislabeled 100 per cent of the time, with species such as escolar (a fish with a health warning) being substituted.

And much tuna continues to be caught at unsustainable levels using non-selective fishing practices such as longline or purse seine. Bycatch kill includes turtles, sharks, rays, seabirds and more. You can trust tuna from SeaChoice green ranked fisheries.

This World Oceans Day, we're shining a light on the tuna so that it will be with us for generations to come.

Commit to choosing only sustainably caught tuna by signing our seafood pledge. Then find out which tuna is best for you, your family and the planet.

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There are plenty of recipes for tuna to make your pledge even more enjoyable.

This World Oceans Day, commit to getting shady tuna off your grocery and restaurant lists. Together, we can help save the tunas.

Want to get involved? Read and share our comic book below, and share our World Oceans Day tuna campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Help us spread the word about unsustainable tuna!

May 31, 2013

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Jun 19, 2013
11:57 AM

The Atlantic bluefin tuna is now classified as the most endangered oceanic fish in the world. A petition drive is now going on to the Government of Mexico, about addressing the problem with bycatches among fishermen in Baja, because the endangered loggerhead sea turtle are among those in the bycatches.

Apr 22, 2014
9:31 AM

I did not realize that there was so much controversy surrounding tuna consumption. It sure makes me want to be more careful in the future. Thanks for blowing the whistle on this one.

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