Greenpeace releases report on canned tuna traceability

Greenpeace releases report on canned tuna traceability

Sep 22, 2015
Greenpeace releases report on canned tuna traceability

Greenpeace has released a report rating the traceability, sustainability and transparency of tuna canneries in the Philippines and Indonesia, calling on industry to provide better information to consumers who want to know where their seafood comes from and whether it was responsibly sourced. The report ranked 22 canneries based on seven criteria. Only one company--Century Canning Corp.--scored a "fair" rating. The rest scored "poor" ratings. See full report at this link




It is important that tuna canneries strengthen their  standards on traceability, sustainability, and equity in order to protect the health of our oceans and the safety of people who provide tuna to consumers. In particular, canneries are a lynchpin in the chain of custody of tuna from the point of capture to the shelves of retailers. Good traceability from the point of capture to the cannery door can be lost if adequate processes are not in place to ensure that this traceability continues as the tuna is processed  and leaves the cannery. 

Traceability - Canneries must help drive improvements to the traceability of canned tuna by ensuring:

  1. No tuna enters the cannery unless it has strong traceability back to the vessel and point of capture.
  2. There are good processes in place to separate tuna by supplier, species, and fishing method, with a low risk of mixing.
  3. All tuna that leaves the factory is properly labelled with the minimum of the full species name (common and scientific), stock, catch 
  4. method, date of catch and cannery name. Other traceability information must be available to 3rd party auditors. 

Sustainability - Canneries must help drive improvements to the sustainability and equity of canned tuna by ensuring they:

  1. Develop clear publicly available standards for all tuna entering and leaving the cannery. These should be publicly available 
  2. and contain clear goals and timelines for implementation.
  3. Work with closely with suppliers and buyers to ensure these standards are met.
  4. Measure the success of implementation with  regular internal and independent, third-party  audits.
  5. Regularly report on their goals and  implementation to their suppliers, customers,  and the public.

Transparency - Canneries must provide transparency through labelling and public information so  customers know:

  1. What species of tuna is in the can (common and scientific name, e.g. skipjack Katsuwonus pelamis)
  2. Where it came from (stock and ocean area e.g. Indian Ocean or Western Central Pacific Ocean)
  3. How it was caught (e.g. Purse seine caughtin free schools or on FADs)
  4. When it was caught (Date of fishing trip)
  5. Which vessel caught it (Fishing vessel name)
  6. Who owns the vessel (Fishing company) 
  7. What has been done to ensure the tuna was caught legally and did not involve human trafficking or slavery. 55
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