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GROWING VOLUME OF TUNA CATCH IS NOW MSC CERTIFIED

GROWING VOLUME OF TUNA CATCH

Growing volume of tuna catch is now MSC certified. The growing number of brands and retailers, both in the UK and around the world, making commitments to sourcing and selling MSC labelled tuna is only possible because the availability of certified raw material has continued to increase, as more tuna fisheries have successfully met the MSC Standard.

As of January 16, 2024, an estimated 42% (2,085,200 tonnes) of the global tuna catch is MSC certified, with a further 11% (539,179 tonnes) in assessment. This reflects significant progress in tuna fisheries achieving certification compared with figures published in the first edition of the MSC UK Tuna Shopper Report in 2022, where certified catch was 34% of global landings and in assessment was 19%.

Skipjack fisheries were a major contributor to this shift. In what is a crucial milestone, MSC certified skipjack is now available from all four oceans (Atlantic, Indian, Eastern Pacific and Western Central Pacific) whereas two years ago, there were only certified sources in the Indian and Western Central Pacific Oceans.

Brands and retailers looking to make new commitments to sourcing and selling MSC labelled tuna can be more confident in meeting their targets with certified tuna now being available from multiple fisheries and across all oceans.

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