The Health Benefits and Sustainability of Clover Leaf Canned Seafood

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Clover Leaf Canned Seafood

 
For decades, Clover Leaf canned seafood has been a trusted source of healthy, delicious and convenient seafood. In particular, canned tuna is a staple for many families who prepare meals with it and/or who consume it as a quick meal or snack on-the-go. The convenience of canned tuna and its delicious taste have led to people finding new and exciting ways to continue to enjoy its versatility.
 

Health Benefits of Canned Tuna

 
Consuming fatty fish such as tuna is an excellent source of healthy long-chain omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are fats that help maintain healthy heart function and have also been associated with reduced risk of sudden cardiac death in healthy people (Health Canada, 2011). Studies have also demonstrated that the omega-3 fats in fish are important for the optimal development of babies’ brains and nervous systems (The President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2014). Tuna is a valuable source of complete protein – this means that it provides all 10 of the amino acids that are vital for the body (Tremblay, 2014).
 

Is Clover Leaf Canned Tuna Sustainable?

 
Canned tuna is nutritious and delicious, but is the tuna fishing industry sustainable? As a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), Clover Leaf has worked hard to improve the overall sustainability of the commercial fishing industry by extensively assessing fishing practices and implementing measures which ensure global tuna stocks are managed in a sustainable manner.
 
The ISSF is working closely with Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) to preserve the long-term health of global tuna stocks and marine ecosystems as well as reducing bycatch (untargeted species of marine life) by focusing on promoting science-based initiatives. The ISSF is a global organization composed of leading scientists, members of the tuna industry and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – the world’s leading conservation organization. The ISSF also works with RFMOs to create a powerful alliance that strives to eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and its negative effects on sustainable fishing (Patterson, 2014).
 
One of the most common commercial fishing methods is purse seining. It is a very efficient method of fishing that is made even more effective with the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) (Tuna Sustainability, 2010). FADs are objects that float on the surface of the water and provide shelter for different species of fish. FADs are effective for attracting free-swimming tuna, which are traditionally difficult to chase in the ocean. The effectiveness of using FADs for purse seine fishing allows vessels to spend less time on the ocean, resulting in the use of less fuel (The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family, 2014a). This helps to reduce the carbon footprint of the fishing vessel and lessen its impact on the marine ecosystem. One issue that the commercial fishing industry is grappling with is bycatch. It is important to stress that all fishing techniques result in some bycatch. The bycatch resulting from purse seining on FADs is already quite low – in fact less than 2% in the Western Central Pacific Ocean where the majority of canned tuna is caught. Nevertheless, the ISSF is undertaking extensive projects designed to further minimize bycatch levels when using FADs in purse seine fishing, specifically the Bycatch Project. This is a globally coordinated at-sea research effort to identify best practices, new techniques and enhanced technologies that aid fishers in minimizing bycatch on FADs. These learnings are then shared with crew members in workshops hosted around the world, and findings like non-entangling nets are being implemented by these fishermen (The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family, 2014b).
 
Clover Leaf currently sources at least 95% of its products sustainably, with efforts ongoing to further improve this level (The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family, 2014c). This commitment to sustainability will allow consumers to continue enjoying Clover Leaf canned seafood for generations to come. 

Works Cited

Health Canada. (2011, January 25). Mercury in Fish - Question and Answers - Health Benefits of Eating Fish. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/chem-chim/environ/mercur/merc_fish_qa-poisson_qr-eng.php

Patterson, E. G. (2014, May 1). RESEARCHERS WORK TOWARD BYCATCH MITIGATION AMONGST AN ACTIVE CREW OF FISHERMEN… AND AMONGST THE SHARKS. Retrieved October 16, 2014 from ISSF: http://iss-foundation.org/2014/05/02/researchers-work-toward-bycatch-mitigation-amongst-an-active-crew-of-fishermen-and-amongst-the-sharks/

The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family. (2014a). FAQ - Greenpeace says fishing on FADs is destructive. Why does Clover Leaf fish on FADs? Retrieved October 10, 2014, from Clover Leaf Sustainability: http://www.cloverleaf.ca/en/faq/sustainability

The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family. (2014b). FAQ - How much bycatch is caught using FADs. Retrieved October 1, 2014, from Clover Leaf: http://www.cloverleaf.ca/en/faq/sustainability

The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family. (2014c). FAQ - What does 'sustainable seafood' mean? Retrieved October 1, 2014, from Clover Leaf: http://www.cloverleaf.ca/en/faq/sustainability

The President and Fellows of Harvard College. (2014). Fish: Friend or Foe. Retrieved October 22, 2014, from Harvard School of Public Health - The Nutrition Source: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fish/

Tremblay, L. (2014). The Effects of Canned Tuna. Retrieved October 1, 2014, from Healthy Eating: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/effects-canned-tuna-2924.html

Tuna Sustainability. (2010, December 23). Glossary: FAD. Retrieved October 1, 2014, from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWAKevZK26o&feature=youtu.be

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