The tuna supplied by H&M Western is either Yellow fin tuna (thunnus albacares) or Bigeye tuna (thunnus obesus) and its origins from Indian Ocean and specially from territory waters of Maldives and Sri Lanka. These species are not considered endangered in the Indian Ocean. Studies by the IOTC (Indian Ocean Tuna Commission) indicate that the stocks for both species are above a biomass level that would produce maximum sustainable yield in the long term and that current fishing mortality is below the maximum sustainable yield. In conclusion, stocks are healthy.
Eating sustainable seafood is an easy way to help support the environment just by choosing wisely. Sustainable seafood is that which comes from places that do not harm the long-term survival of fish species and their ecosystems. It has benefits for the environment, health, and the world's poor.
Overfishing is causing 70% of fish species to be fished close to or at their capacity. Certain methods of fishing pollute and degrade entire ocean ecosystems. In fact, if current trends continue, the populations of almost all seafood will collapse by 2048. Eating sustainable seafood alleviates some of these stresses on the environment.Refer IOTC study.