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WOOLWORTHS BRANDED MSC CANNED TUNA Q&A FAQs
What is Woolworths commitment to sustainable fishing & why is it important?
We are committed to only source wild & farmed seafood species from credible sources or
fisheries who are either Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)/Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified, SASSI green listed or in a credible, time bound improvement project.
We met our commitments relating to wild-caught species in 2016, and are now working towards meeting this commitment for farmed seafood by 2020.
What makes the Woolworths branded tuna sustainable?
The Woolworths branded canned tuna is Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified and caught using the ‘pole & line’ fishing technique. When a product is certified by the MSC it means that it must first adhere to three core principles. These include:
- Sustainable fish stocks
- Impact in the eco-system reduced to a minimum
- The fishery is well managed
Also, seafood that has an MSC label is fully traceable back to the certified fishery where it was caught.
What is ‘Pole & Line’ tuna fishing & what are its benefits?
What species of tuna is used in Woolworths branded canned tuna & why?
What is Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification?
The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. They do this by setting credible standards for sustainable fishing and supply chain traceability. The MSC meets the highest benchmarks for credible certification and eco-labelling programs.
How long is MSC certification valid for?
Why are we sourcing this tuna from the Maldives?
Can we not source sustainable tuna for canning locally?
How do I know whether a product is MSC certified?
Why is sustainable fishing important?
Is the Woolworths canned tuna dolphin-friendly?
Yes, the ‘pole & line’ catch method ensures that there is no by-catch or harm to any other marine life.
Why should I buy MSC certified seafood?
seafood has been caught by fisheries which care for the environment ensuring that there will be seafood in our oceans today, tomorrow and for generations thereafter.
What WWF Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI)-list does tuna belong to?
Is all Woollies branded canned tuna MSC certified?
Where can I find more information?
International Pole & Line Foundation website: www.ipnlf.org
Marine Stewardship Council website: www.msc.org or www.msc.org/za
International Seafood Sustainability Foundation: www.iss-foundation.org
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