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Is your tuna sustainable?

Tuna and tuna-like species are very important economically — to both developed and developing countries — and a significant source of food. They include approximately 40 species occurring in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and in the Mediterranean Sea.

They are remarkable fish. Tuna can jump high out of the water; they travel in huge schools; they are warm-blooded. They have been known to team up with dolphins for protection from sharks.

But that is not all. We go so much further considering their nutritional properties. Their meat is rich in Omega-3, also contains minerals, proteins and vitamin B12, among other advantages.

As a result of the amazing qualities of tuna, the fish are threatened by an overwhelming demand.

That is why in December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly voted to officially observe the World Tuna Day in its resolution 71/124.

The move underlines the importance of conservation management to ensure that we have systems in place to prevent tuna stocks from crashing. Many countries depend heavily on tuna resources for food security and nutrition, economic development, employment, government revenue, livelihoods, culture and recreation. That means, reaching and working our "Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources from the SDG", considering the global tuna market.