World tunes into the value of tuna

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It can be found in sandwiches, in sushi and on restaurant menus.

Tuna has become so popular globally it now has its own day to celebrate its culinary qualities.

Today is World Tuna Day, which acknowledges the fish that has become one of the most popular and widely consumed fish in the world.

Agriculture and Water Resources Assistant Minister Anne Ruston said the day also promoted the sustainable management of global tuna stocks.

“Those of us who love tuna also want to ensure future generations can enjoy it too,” Ms Ruston said.

Tuna has its own day. Image supplied.

She said Australia’s tuna industry, including the Australia’s Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery, provided high quality, fresh tuna for seafood lovers around the world.

“Due to good management, we increased our catch of yellow fin tuna by an extra 200 tonnes – that’s almost 3.5 million additional serves of sashimi,” she said.

Ms Ruston said Australian and global consumers could be confident that tuna fisheries were well managed in accordance with the best available science.

“Good fisheries management and a strong commitment from industry is good for consumers, good for the industry, jobs and regional communities and most importantly, good for fish,” she said.

World Tuna Day also coincides with the annual officials meeting of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Committee in Canberra.