Forerunner to the current Tuna Council, the U.S. Tuna Foundation (USTF) was established in 1976 to be the representative voice of the U.S. tuna fleet and the U.S. canned tuna processors Bumble Bee®, Chicken of the Sea® and StarKist® on legislative and regulatory issues. Some of the Foundation’s most important accomplishments include:
In 2007, the U. S. Tuna Foundation was dissolved and a new council created within the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) called the Tuna Council. Today, the Tuna Council represents U.S. canned tuna processors speaking for the tuna industry on numerous issues from fishing access arrangements and federal and state regulations, to sustainability and domestic marketing.
The Tuna Council works closely with international conservation organizations to ensure that tunas used in our canned and pouched products remain a healthy and viable renewable resource. The organization is also in close consultation with national, state and local governments and agencies on a diverse range of issues including consumer-friendly labeling, product safety, dolphin safe fishing, nutrition and marketing.