Question 2

How Was It Caught?

Does your tuna brand use selective fishing methods and control their catch from ship to shelf to minimise environmental impacts?
Most other tuna brands fish with ‘Fish Attracting Devices’ (FADs) and purse-seine nets that when used together will indiscriminately snare everything in their reach including sea-life like turtles, baby sharks and even endangered Yellowfin tuna. At Safcol, all our tuna is responsibly fished.

FISHING METHOD DESCRIPTION SUSTAINABILITY
Pole & Line
Fish are caught one at a time by hand, using a hook and line attached to a long pole.
  • Lowest bycatch
  • Best and most environmentally friendly method
  • Quality of fish is increased
  • Recommended by environmental groups
FAD Free Fishing
Nets are used to on free school tuna.
  • Minimal bycatch
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Recommended by environmental groups
Purse – Seine with FADs
A fish aggregating device (FAD) is inserted into the ocean to attract the tuna. The FAD however also attracts many species of marine life. A large net encircles the area and closes like a purse.
  • Can cause massive bycatch of turtles, sharks and endangered marine life, particularly when used with FADs
  • Not recommended by environmental groups
Long Lines
Short lines with baited hooks are attached to a longer main line (over 150km long) which is laid on the sea bottom or suspended by floats.
  • Very high level of bycatch
  • Detrimental to sea-birds
  • Not recommended by environmental groups
Trawling
Marine life is herded into a large funnel shaped net as it is towed through the ocean behind boats.
  • Extremely high level of bycatch
  • Destroys coral reefs as heavy nets are dragged on sea-beds
  • Not recommended by environmental groups
Dredges
A triangular steel frame and tooth bearing bar that ploughs up the sea-bed. Marine life are caught in heavy netting that joins at the sides and back.
  • One of the most destructive fishing methods – destroys sea-bed habitat and marine life
  • Destroys coral reefs as heavy nets are dragged on sea-beds
  • Not recommended by environmental groups