Tesco makes sustainable tuna pledge

11 Jan 2011

All Tesco canned tuna will be pole and line caught by the end of 2012

All Tesco canned tuna will be pole and line caught by the end of 2012

Tesco today pledged that all its canned tuna will be caught by the pole-and-line method by the end of 2012.

Tesco Director for Corporate and Legal Affairs, Lucy Neville-Rolfe said:

"We're delighted to announce that we will be progressing to 100% pole-and-line sourced tuna on our own brand canned tuna by the end of 2012, during which time we will be working to ensure that this can be achieved in a sustainable way that guarantees the quality and traceability of the product. We've been moving in this direction for some time - just recently we increased the proportion of pole-and-line to 25% of our own brand canned tuna as a step towards our goal."

To achieve our target, Tesco will work with suppliers and independent conservation organisations to guarantee the sustainability of pole-and-line caught tuna, including possible impacts on the marine food chain, traceability of tuna through the supply chain and ensuring that food safety standards meet our stringent requirements.

Tesco has signed a partnership agreement with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to independently review our fisheries.

Tesco supports the establishment of large-scale no-take marine reserves in order to restore the health of the ocean ecosystems, including the establishment of high seas marine reserves over the Pacific Commons region.

Notes for Editors

All the canned tuna we sell is independently certified as 100% dolphin friendly by the Earth Island Institute.

We are committed to buying all our seafood from responsibly managed fisheries. We work with the MSC, support their objectives and sell a wide range of MSC certified product.

Tesco is Britain’s biggest fishmonger, with more than 480 fish counters employing around 2,500 staff. We are committed to selling a wide range of fish (around 40 species on our fresh fish counters alone) and our counter staff are trained to advise customers on trying different varieties.

We are committed to buying all our seafood from responsibly managed fisheries, to maintain a viable and long-term future for wild fish and shellfish populations. Our Fish Sustainability Working Group, including technical experts from across the business, meets regularly to review our fish sourcing policies and identify priority areas for us to work on with our suppliers to make further progress.