7 years ago

Sustainable Seafood: Our Fair Trade Certified Yellowfin Tuna

Scott Kersting, Director of Meat & Seafood, explains what sets Fair Trade tuna apart from the rest – and why we’re so pleased to offer Responsibly Sourced products to our customers.

As we strive to bring you even more Responsibly Sourced seafood choices, we’re pleased to announce we now offer Fair Trade certified yellowfin tuna, which is rated a “Best Choice” by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

Much like other well-known Fair Trade certified products such as coffee and cocoa, the Fair Trade certified seafood program requires fishermen to source and trade according to rigorous, independently-audited standards. These standards help protect fundamental human rights, establish safe working conditions and enable responsible resource management.

Each tuna is sustainably caught using single-hook handlines in the waters off Indonesia. This selective process
results in little to no bycatch, which minimizes the impact to other marine life and protects the ocean’s ecosystems. These Fair Trade catching methods support responsible resource management and enhanced environmental stewardship.

The Fair Trade certification also ensures fishermen receive a premium price for their catch. This equitable price allows them to invest in projects that improve the welfare of the fishing communities and the families that live there. By purchasing Fair Trade tuna, you’re supporting projects that directly improve the quality of life of those living and working in the coastal communities.

Additionally, when you purchase Fair Trade tuna you’re also protecting fundamental human rights for those
working in the fishing industry. The Fair Trade standards ensure safe working and living conditions and regulate work hours and benefits for employees.

We’re proud to offer you another wonderful Responsibly Sourced seafood option. You can now buy yellowfin tuna with the peace of mind of knowing it was caught sustainably and is green rated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Pick up Fair Trade yellowfin tuna every day at the seafood counter in all our stores!

Looking for a delicious tuna recipe? Try this easy Niçoise Salad.