For Global Tuna Industry, COVID-19 Complicates Long-Standing Challenges

Date: April 30, 2020

Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts

On World Tuna Day, experts discuss effect on supply chain, sustainability, fisheries management and consumers

The global tuna fishing industry is among the many sectors enduring major impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Tunas hold enormous cultural, ecological and economic significance around the world and thus must be managed sustainably, which is why the United Nations designated 2 May as World Tuna Day. To learn how tuna fishers and others in the supply chain are adjusting, The Pew Charitable Trusts caught up with four experts: Shana Miller, senior officer of the International Fisheries Conservation Program at the Ocean Foundation; Quentin Hanich, associate professor at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong; David Schalit, commercial fisher and president of the American Bluefin Tuna Association; and Mark Young, executive director of the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (IMCS) Network, and formerly with Pew. These interviews have been edited for clarity and length.  

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