Tesco commits to line-caught tuna


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 11, 2011

Tesco on Tuesday became the latest UK retailer to pledge to source only pole-and-line caught tuna by the end of 2012.

The world’s fourth lagest retailer is already working toward the goal, as one-quarter of its private-label tuna is sourced from line-caught tuna, said Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Tesco’s director for corporate and legal affairs.

In addition to working with its suppliers and conservation organizations to guarantee the sustainability of its line-caught tuna, Tesco also announced that it signed an agreement with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to independently review the fisheries from which it sources.

Tesco’s tuna pledge comes less than a week after Sainsbury’s committed to sell only pole-and-line caught tuna and just two days after Greenpeace-UK ranked Tesco No. 5 on its list of canned-tuna brands, judged according to whether the tuna is harvested in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner.

Tesco is Britain’s largest fishmonger, with more than 480 fish counters employing around 2,500 workers. It sells a wide range of fish, including around 40 species at its fish counters.

Tesco’s canned tuna is independently certified as 100 percent dolphin friendly by the Earth Island Institute.

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