What is the problem?

Our hunger for canned tuna, one of the last remaining wild foods, is sending many species to the brink of extinction. Overfishing runs rampant in all oceans from the Pacific to the Indian Oceans, and countless animals such as sharks, turtles, rays and baby fish of many types are killed every year due to the behavior of the global tuna industry.

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What is the solution?

Luckily, we have the solution - a network of marine reserves - national parks at sea; areas closed to all extractive uses, such as fishing and mining. These protected areas need to cover forty percent of the world's oceans. Marine reserves provide a safe haven for marine life. And if they are properly designed to cover crucial breeding and spawning grounds, they also work for tuna and species that migrate over vast distances.

Marine reserves can help save tuna, ecosystems, and ultimately the fishing industry. After all, the fishing vfuture if there's no fish left to, well, fish...

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How does this affect me?

Canned tuna is an affordable source of protein that many families depend on. But if companies like Princes and John West don't change the way they’re fishing for tuna, we will lose the ocean ecosystems they depend on, and scarcity will cause the price to skyrocket. When resources are finally exhausted we will lose them forever.

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What can I do to help?

Although many of the large tuna companies in the UK have made a pledge to switch to sustainable practices, the situation is still far from perfect.

What Tuna is safe to eat?

You can make a huge difference by shopping at supermarkets that set the standard on tuna sustainability.

There are many fish on the market that are sourced in a sustainable manner, trying subsitutes for your tuna dishes really helps the cause as well as potentially finding a new favourite combination for yourself.

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