Family / Genus
Scombridae / Thunnus
Some species are critically endangered
There are 8 tuna species in the Thunnus genus
Tuna species are found in all temperate and tropical waters
What are the threats to tuna?Rampant overfishing of tuna, in particular bluefin tuna has led to a specatcular collapse of the species.
Despite increased awareness of the plight of bluefin tuna, there is as yet no sign of a permanent recovery of this species and there are also concerns that yellowfin and bigeye tuna will suffer a similar fate.
- Smaller schooling fish such as herring, mackerel, flying fish and anchovies
- Squid, eels and crustaceans
- Larger tuna species
How you can help
- Don't buy tuna which is severely threatened by overfishing. Always check that it is sustainably sourced when purchasing and look for MSC certification. Check out WWF's sustainable seafood guide for further information.
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