Guidelines on Eco‐Labeling for the Canned Tuna Industry
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An important commodity in the Southeast Asian Region, tuna is an indigenous marine fish species and is one of the most important fishes that contribute to the region’s national economies. Based on the FAO statistics, the world’s production of tunas (including bonitos and billfishes) in 2006 was 6.5 million mt. Of this total, Asia accounted for 66.2% while the Southeast Asian countries contributed about 26.2% (1.7 million mt). Also in 2006, the FAO and SEAFDEC statistics indicated that the Southeast Asian countries exported about 679,830 mt of tunas (fresh, chilled, frozen and processed) valued at USD 1,720,337,000. Considering the significant contribution from the region in terms of tuna exports to the world market, it is necessary that the region complies with the international trade requirements to be able to sustain and enhance the region’s trading opportunities in the international tuna market arena.
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