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Tuna sector urge supermarkets to sell 'sustainable' canned tuna

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Saturday, April 01, 2017, 01:50 (GMT + 9)

The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Freezer Tuna Vessels (Opagac) is calling on the major distribution chains to ensure the supply to the consumer of canned tuna of sustainable origin and with guarantee certificates to avoid the sale of pirate fishing products.

Through a statement, Opagac urges supermarket companies to follow the example of Eroski, which this month announced its commitment to suppliers so that all the tuna used in the preserves of any brand marketed in their stores comes from sustainable fleets.

For the tuna organization, the decision "represents a turning point of great relevance within the Spanish distribution sector, since it means ensuring sustainability throughout the entire value chain, from the origin to the final consumer," EFE reported.

Tuna operators trust that this type of initiative will "dignify" the product, "often subject to price wars and the use of the can as a commercial claim, sold at 30 per cent and 40 per cent below its production cost" which, according to Opagac managing director Julio Moron, "encourages the introduction" of illegal fishing products.

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