Eroski guarantees its canned tuna sustainable origin
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Albacore (Photo: Eroski)SPAINTuesday, November 08, 2016,23:40 (GMT + 9)Eroskihas reached an agreement with all its

Albacore. (Photo: Eroski)

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016, 23:40 (GMT + 9)


Eroski has reached an agreement with all its canned tuna suppliers through which they commit to supply themselves according ISSF (International Foundation for Sustainable Fisheries) sustainability principles. The cooperative thus progresses in its plan for the conservation of fishing grounds and offers its customers a more sustainable consumption.

As the company informed, the restriction on the purchase of overexploited species such as bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), not buying fish from FAOareas, where tuna is overfished, and reaching 10 per cent of fish total volume on a free bank (not caught on FAD) are some of the commitments made by its suppliers to ensure the rational exploitation of marine resources.

The director of Social Responsibility of Eroski, Alejandro Martínez Berriocho, stressed that they are aware of the importance of natural resource sustainability so they bet on responsible consumption.

"We label each can of tuna with indications about the fish species, the catch area and the fishing method used. We also include the direct link to the ISSF Foundation website, where it is thoroughly explained what complying with ISSF principle sustainability implies," he explained.

In addition, in order to guarantee the sustainability of all canned tuna marketed in its establishments, the cooperative has implemented an external audit program carried out by AZTI and MRAG Americas. In this way, Eroski incorporates canned tuna to the continuous improvement process as to the sustainability initiated several years ago.

"We have found that Eroski's suppliers' compliance with the ISFF conservation resolutions is very high, both for the supply of large-scale tuna seiners and for artisanal bait-pole fishing and trolling", pointed out Jon López, a researcher at AZTI's tuna group.

"In the case of albacore fishing, compared to pelagic trawling, bait-pole fishing and trolling gear are considered more selective and sustainable by scientific organizations and environmental organizations," he added.

The cooperative also recently became the first distributor to offer all its canned albacore caught with pole, one by one. In this way, the canned northern albacore of the brands Eroski, Eroski Sannia and Eroski Seleqtia, both in jar and in can, comes exclusively from traditional pole fishing.

In 2010, Eroski joined WWF in the Sustainable Fisheries Initiative with the aim of making its fish and shellfish sources sustainable and environmentally friendly. For example, Eroski has opted for products with MSC eco-label and was the first Spanish distribution chain that introduced this certification in the fresh counter.

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