Bluefin tuna accounts for little more than 1% of global tuna catches and is predominantly eaten by Japanese and European consumers as sushi, sashimi or other delicacies. Bumble Bee®, Chicken of the Sea® and StarKist® are not engaged in bluefin fishing nor is bluefin used in canned or pouched tuna products. As founding members of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, Bumble Bee®, Chicken of the Sea® and StarKist® have taken a strong stand in defense of bluefin and in favor of stronger management measures.
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation issued the following statement regarding bluefin tuna:
"Over-fishing of bluefin tuna in the Western Atlantic Ocean and similarly, in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, has caused a serious deterioration of bluefin stocks.
Bluefin tuna is almost exclusively supplied into the fresh fish markets and is not used in canned or pouch, shelf stable tuna. However, the ISSF is concerned that the measures adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which were less than recommended by the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics, are inadequate to halt the over-fishing and to rebuild the stock. Therefore, all concerned governments, organizations, harvesters, and marketers of Atlantic bluefin tuna should work diligently to implement fully the recommendations of the scientists of the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics respecting this species."