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UK retailers question tuna sustainability

Staff Writer |
UK retailers have told the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) they are concerned about selling tuna from compartmentalised fisheries.

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Waitrose and Tesco confirmed to a group of MPs that they had written to the MSC Board about the subject of compartmentalised tuna fisheries being certified, and their belief that this practice is not in the best interests of responsible fishing policies.

Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, said: “I am pleased that Tesco, Waitrose and M&S have written to the MSC Board to raise their concerns about tuna from compartmentalised fisheries and I hope Sainsbury’s follows suit.

“The big supermarkets are aware of the questionable practices taking place in these tuna fisheries and they need to take responsibility for products they are selling.

“The MSC has been a hugely important tool in the fight to save our oceans, but compartmentalisation of these major tuna fisheries threatens to erode trust and destroy its brand. That would be bad for the whole industry.”

Waitrose currently stocks John West Tuna from a major compartmentalised fishery in the Western and Central Pacific, whilst Tesco stock own label products from a compartmentalised fishery at the Solomon Islands.

M&S detailed their concerns a few weeks ago but currently have no tuna from compartmentalised fisheries in store. However, they do stock MSC certified products.

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