Ocean Partnership for Sustainable Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation - Models for innovation and reform : Bay of Bengal Project

WORLD TUNA DAY 02 MAY 2017

The United Nations in 2016 declared 02 May as the 'World Tuna Day'. Today, tuna is a highly traded commodity in the global fisheries. According to a 2016 Report published by the Pew Charitable Trusts, globally about 4.6 million tonnes of tuna landed worldwide with an estimated end value of USD 33.3 billion. Yellowfin, Skipjack, Big Eye, Albacore and Blue Fin constitute the principal market species in tuna fisheries. The Indian Ocean harbours some of the largest stocks of tuna in the World, with the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation member-countries such as Maldives, Sri Lanka and India harvesting a large portion of the stocks. Tunas are highly nutritious and rich in selenium, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and protein. They are also a very good source of phosphorus, vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), choline, vitamin D, and the minerals potassium, iodine, and magnesium and omega 3 fatty acid. This is the reason that worldwide tuna sandwiches are amongst the most-liked fast foods.

We observe World Tuna Day to highlight the importance of sustainably managed fish stocks in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Background music: "Heartbeat" by Shankar Ehsaan Loy.