05 Aug Facts About Sustainable Tuna Fishing
There are just 14 tuna fisheries in the world certified to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) standards for sustainable fishing practices. Every Wild Selections product that you purchase is sourced from one of these fisheries. Let’s explore what MSC-certified sustainable tuna fishing methods are and how they help ensure a fish-filled generation.
Sustainable Tuna Fishing Methods
Pole & Line Catching
If you have ever been out fishing, it’s more than likely that you used a rod-and-reel. With this sustainable method of fishing, a rod (fishing pole) is used with one line and several hooks, catching tuna one at a time near the sea’s surface. A fisherman can quickly throw back unwanted catch, in turn reducing instances of by-catch that are so detrimental to the health of our oceans.
While harpooning may conjure up images of Moby Dick, when it comes to catching larger fish such as tuna and swordfish, it is considered a sustainable fishing method. With hand-thrown harpoons or barbs fired from a gun, by-catch is almost nonexistent, since the fishermen are aiming at individual targets.
In some cases, long-line fishing is also an MSC-certified method. Long-line fishing uses a line with baited hooks attached to smaller lines stretching downward. Innovations in gear design, and fishing methods, coupled with proper training has muted many apprehensions about this specific method.
For example, through comprehensive species identification and handling-and-release training, the indirect harvest of marine species has been greatly reduced, meeting strict MSC requirements.
No matter the method, if it is an MSC Certified Sustainable product, you can be confident you’re eating seafood that is what it claims to be, and is sourced under the most rigorous sustainability standard.
Sustainable Fisheries Management
Through scientific-based management, the conservation and management of tuna stocks is a crucial component of sustainable tuna fishing methods. Regardless of the sustainable method used to catch tuna, if strong management practices are not in place, it is not possible to be sure that you’re eating fish from a truly sustainable source.
The chain of custody that MSC provides ensures that you don’t have to worry. This includes, but is not limited to, developing an appropriate management strategy that takes into consideration local conditions as well as collecting data on all landings of relevant species. This combats the threat that overfishing poses to the health of our oceans.
The benefits of sustainable tuna fishing are significant. With sustainable fishing we ensure that we not only have healthier oceans and healthier economies, but that both are guaranteed for generations to come.