New tuna deal signed

Fifty of the world’s largest businesses, retailers and fishing companies from across the tuna supply chain have banded together to stamp out illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in their industry, protect the health of oceans and eliminate forced labour from fishing vessels.

Launched at the United Nation’s first global Ocean Conference, the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration aims to stop illegal tuna from coming to market.

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing accounts for 26 million metric tons of fish, or $24 billion, in theft each year.

Tuna and many other keystone species are included in these numbers.

Overfishing of these species can significantly impact ocean health and cause population collapse, as seen already seen with Bluefin tuna, whose populations will take decades to fully recover.

As part of the Declaration, signatories committed to: tuna traceability, socially responsible tuna supply chain, environmentally responsible tuna sources and government partnership.