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World Tuna Day 2018

Urvashi Shah
3 to 7 years

Created by Urvashi Shah
Updated on May 02, 2018

World Tuna Day 2018

Keep aside all your work as I have got a very interesting information for you. Today is World Tuna Day, which is celebrated on a global level. Yes, this is the day to celebrate a fish, an occasion to mark the importance of the tuna fish in our lives and that of the others. Tuna Day is an event observed by the United Nations to bring forth awareness to the masses about the significance of this particular fish and how it impacts our livelihood and promotes the welfare of the nation.

It must be surprising for you to know how a particular species of fish is holding a significance, thus, calling for a day of celebration. If you still don’t know what Tuna Day means then do not worry as you aren’t alone. On this occasion, I will present before you all the facts, which will help you interpret the meaning of Tuna Day.

Significance Of World Tuna Day 2018

Tuna and Tuna-like species are essential economically to both developing and developed countries and are also a significant source of food in many countries. Tuna being a remarkable fish include around 40 species, which are found to be in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and in the Mediterranean Sea. Tuna can jump high out of the waters, are warm blooded creatures, travel in huge schools and are known to seek the help of the dolphins for protection from predators. These amazing qualities of the Tuna are making them more susceptible to an increasing demand.

Two main products drive tuna production; traditional canned tuna and sashimi/sushi. These products demonstrate relevant differences in terms of the species utilized, quality requirements and production systems. In the canned market, light meat species, namely skipjack and yellow fin are dominant, whereas in the sushi and sashimi market, the fatty tuna of bluefin and other red meat species like big eye are preferred. Bluefin tuna is the first preference for the sushi and sashimi market with most of it going to Japan.

As migratory tuna species account for 20 per cent of the value of all marine capture fisheries and over 8 per cent of all globally traded seafood, the celebration by the United Nations of World Tuna Day is an important step in recognizing the critical role of tuna to sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and livelihoods of people around the world. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) emphasizes that there is a need for effective management to restore the overfished stocks including tuna. So now you know why Tuna Day is celebrated.

World Tuna Day Activities

This World Tuna Day, various activities are being held around the globe. You too can start an activity of your own, with your child on board. You have learnt the remarkable features of this particular fish and the reason behind its huge demand. This highlights the fact that tuna can soon become an endangered marine species if the demand keeps on exceeding with passing time.

On this day, you can take a pledge with your child to lower your consumption of this fish, which will help in its conservation. You can reduce the number of times you devour a scrumptious meal consisting tuna and include other kinds of varieties in your diet. This will help you do your part towards conserving this fish.

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