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The National Fisheries Institute’s Tuna Council represents the largest processors and household names for canned and pouch tuna in the U.S. including Bumble Bee®, Chicken of the Sea® and StarKist®. The Tuna Council speaks for the tuna industry on numerous issues from fishing access arrangements and federal and state regulations, to sustainability and education and marketing.
Tuna Conservation and Sustainability
More than ever, the tuna industry is vested in managing tuna stocks to ensure tuna for generations to come. The U.S. tuna companies work closely with international conservation organizations including World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to ensure the long term health of tuna stocks, particularly those used in canned tuna, while protecting our oceans and minimizing the impact of fishing on other marine animals.
Canned and pouched tuna comes almost exclusively from two particular species of tuna – skipjack and albacore. Approximately 70% of the canned and pouched tuna Americans enjoy is skipjack or some small amount of yellowfin, otherwise known as light tuna on store shelves. About 30% is albacore - otherwise known as white tuna. Skipjack tuna – source of 60% of the global annual tuna catch, – are considered by scientists and industry experts to be strong and sustainability fished worldwide.
Tuna Nutrition and Safety
When it comes to healthy eating, canned tuna is a healthy food for all ages. It is rich in protein, low in fat and calories and is an excellent source of the essential omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA proven to help maintain a healthy heart. Click here to hear what the health experts are saying about a seafood rich diet that includes canned tuna.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish two times a week as part of a heart healthy diet. Fish is a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy oil found in all fish, especially cold water fish like canned tuna.