What is World Tuna Day? When and why is it celebrated?

Tuna fish

Tuna fish. Photo Credit: UN Environment

Do you like tuna? So does your furbaby? Then here’s a day to celebrate that great and tasty source of nutrition! However, World Tuna Day is much more than that.

It is a global call to keep tuna fishing at sustainable levels. And May 2 was designated as World Tuna Day by the United Nations in December 2016. The goal was to raise awareness on tuna over-fishing.

Tuna, after all, is one of the healthiest foods in the world. It is a great source of selenium, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and protein. It also provides Vitamin D and phosphorus.

Here is everything you need to know about World Tuna Day 2018.

What is the significance of World Tuna Day?

The United Nations (UN), on the official portal of World Tuna Day, states: “May 2, 2017, was the first internationally-recognised World Tuna Day. In December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly voted to officially observe the Day in its resolution 71/124.”

It adds: “The move underlined the importance of conservation management to ensure that we have systems in place to prevent tuna stocks from crashing.”

The UN also said:

“Many countries depend heavily on tuna resources for food security and nutrition, economic development, employment, government revenue, livelihoods, culture and recreation.

At present more than 80 States have tuna fisheries, thousands of tuna fishing vessels operate in all the oceans and tuna fishery capacity is still growing in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.”

It also said: “We observe World Tuna Day to highlight the importance of sustainably managed fish stocks in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Tuna meat
Tuna meat. Photo credit: FAO

Why the fear over tuna-fishing?

According to the World Tuna Day official page, millions of people rely on fishing for their livelihoods. Therefore, marine resources need to be managed in a sustainable manner.

“In the latest edition of The State World Fisheries and Aquaculture, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes there is a need for effective management to restore the overfished stocks including tuna,” it said.

“In the 2016 report, FAO registered new record catches for tuna. Total catches of tuna and tuna-like species were almost 7.7 million metric tonnes. FAO notes that market demand for tuna is still high, and that the significant overcapacity of tuna fishing fleets remains.

“Addressing the decline in tuna stocks resulting from overfishing in the world’s oceans, the UN Legal Counsel emphasises the critical importance of effectively implementing the international legal framework, as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, widely known as UNCLOS, which has been strengthened by the UN Fish Stocks Agreement, recommendations of its Review Conference, annual General Assembly resolutions on sustainable fisheries, as well as other efforts by the international community at the global, regional and national levels.”

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