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Australia: New canned tuna ranking

11 Aug 2011
The latest canned tuna ranking was launched at the Sydney Aquarium

The latest canned tuna ranking was launched at the Sydney Aquarium

Greenpeace Australia’s latest canned tuna ranking was launched this week at the Sydney Aquarium and contains some exciting new developments for Australia’s canned tuna industry.

The organisation announced that Safcol is the first Australian company to commit to a 100% sustainable tuna product. Greenpeace says that shifting this major tuna brand is a massive win and is thanks to the thousands of concerned consumers who wrote to tuna companies urging them to end their role in the fishing crisis.

Most tuna brands have now ruled out selling overfished yellowfin tuna, which Greenpeace says is a step up from its last canned tuna ranking.

Despite these improvements, the organisation says that nearly every Australian tuna brand refuses to rule out destructive fishing methods, which it says are responsible for the widespread destruction of marine life, such as endangered sharks and turtles, as well as juvenile tuna.

In contrast, every major tuna player in the UK has swapped destructive fishing methods for sustainable ones, following consumer pressure.

Here’s the latest canned tuna ranking:

  1. Fish 4 Ever – Good
  2. Safcol – Good
  3. Coles – Must Improve
  4. John West – Must Improve
  5. Greenseas – Must Improve
  6. Aldi – Must Improve
  7. IGA – Must Improve
  8. Sirena – Must Improve
  9. Woolworths – Very Poor
  10. Sole Mare – Very Poor

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The latest canned tuna ranking was launched at the Sydney Aquarium

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