Celebrate World Tuna Day on May 2nd!
Though most of us know a bit about the tuna in our cans, there’s always more to learn—like how it gets from the sea to our plate. For example, did you know that May 2nd is World Tuna Day? World Tuna Day is a holiday created to celebrate those involved in tuna fishing and tuna conservation—and of course for tuna consumers to celebrate the world’s most popular fish with communities around the world.
Ratified by the United Nations in 2011, World Tuna Day was initiated by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), an entity that maintains the world’s largest sustainable tuna fishery. The PNA manages tuna fishing to protect the environment (no dolphins are caught in PNA waters and the PNA is actively involved in limiting bycatch of other species) and to put fair economic practices in place for fishermen (for example, fishing days are allocated by country and sold to the highest bidder). Though the day is marked by celebrations with dancing, songs, speeches and competitions in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, the PNA promotes World Tuna Day not just as a day of appreciation, but to educate the world about the importance of tuna to economies, livelihoods, and food security.
Chicken of the Sea is a proud to celebrate World Tuna Day and our commitment to sustainability. This year, COS celebrates by donating to FisheryProgress.org, the one-stop shop for information on the progress of global fishery improvement projects (FIPs) as part of an ongoing effort to help ensure tuna for future generations. At the beginning of April, we invited our fans to celebrate World Tuna Day while honoring the holiday’s commitment to responsible sourcing by submitting their favorite tuna recipe in our Best of the Sea Recipe Challenge. The top 25 finalists were chosen, and then you casted your vote for the top 8! Check out the final World Tuna Day menu! The grand prize winner will be announced on May 2.
Feeling inspired to support tuna fisheries? Browse our collection of tasty spring tuna recipes over here.