Sri Lankan tuna processing plant Tropic Sri Lanka becomes the latest, and first non-European, partner in the Global Tuna Alliance, an independent group of retailers and tuna supply chain companies, who are committed to implementing the objectives laid out in the World Economic Forum’s Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration.
Established in 1984, Tropic Sri Lanka pioneered Sri Lanka’s renowned yellowfin Tuna Industry. Tropic Sri Lanka are actively involved with the Sri Lankan Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) on a specific project as a partner, that improves traceability and by introducing novel methods for data collection at sea along with novel concepts of fish forecasting tailor made for the gear types used in their national fleet. Furthermore, in processing they have currently implemented a full stack traceability system that has a higher resolution than the systems currently available.
Sashini Fernando, Chief Sustainability Officer at Tropic Sri Lanka said: “We are humbled to be a part of an alliance which is vital for the sustenance of a responsible tuna fishery.” Dr Tom Pickerell, Executive Director at the Global Tuna Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tropic Sri Lanka, our first partner beyond Europe. I’m looking forward to working with Sashini and her colleagues to support their mission and to efficiently implement the aims of the Global Tuna Alliance.”
Global Tuna Alliance is supported by Friends of Ocean Action, a group of more than 50 global leaders committed to fast-tracking solutions for a healthy ocean.