Plenty of Other Tuna in the Sea

Go in­side the sus­tain­able tuna rev­o­lu­tion.

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - BY NEIL ZEVNIK

When I was a kid, canned tuna was a sta­ple of ev­ery kitchen pantry. Tuna fish sand­wiches were may­on­naise- drenched, white- bread­en­cased main­stays of the lunch box, and tuna- noo­dle casseroles, im­bued with canned soup and em­bel­lished with crushed potato chips, made reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on Amer­i­can din­ner ta­bles. No one seemed to ques­tion where that tuna came from, how it was caught, or what was in it.

Fast for­ward 50 years, and all this has changed for the bet­ter. Food trans­parency, sus­tain­abil­ity, and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness have be­come the norm. Welcome to the new world of canned and jarred tuna! Here are three “Dos” to con­sider when shop­ping for canned tuna:

Look for the Blue MSC La­bel. The Marine Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil is an in­ter­na­tional non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that uses its eco­la­bel and fish­ery cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram to rec­og­nize and re­ward sus­tain­able fi shing prac­tices, based on sci­en­tifi c meth­ods and mea­sures.

Know Your Fish­ing Meth­ods. There are some that are ac­cept­able and prefer­able— that would be pole- and- line har­vested and troll­caught— and some that are not, specifi cally purse- seine and long- line meth­ods. If a tuna con­tainer doesn’t spec­ify the catch method or dis­play the MSC la­bel, the man­u­fac­turer likely uses one of th­ese un­de­sir­able meth­ods to ob­tain its fi sh. When in doubt, check out the com­pany’s web­site.

Em­ploy Trace­abil­ity. The high­es­trated prod­ucts al­low you to track the con­tainer of tuna in your hand all the way back to the boat that landed that

al­ba­core or yel­lowfin. This en­sures ver­ifi cation of sus­tain­abil­ity stan­dards. It might be in­for­ma­tion coded on the can, or it might be a num­ber on the jar that you can plug in on a web­site to re­veal the ex­act ori­gins of that specifi c tuna.

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