The Dinko difference: sustainable Australian Bluefin Tuna

Celebrating and protecting our oceans is a deep commitment for Dinko Seafoods, and we believe our sustainable fishing practices play an important role in creating a sustainable future.

We are proud to have been both the innovators and promoters of these sustainable Australian Bluefin Tuna fishing methods and the innovative solutions that have shaped an entire industry that is now one of the most sustainable on the planet.

Protecting fish stocks

Since the 1980s, Dinko Seafoods has been pioneering solutions that have changed the industry for the better.

In 1984, in response to the overfishing in the preceding decades, the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) took radical but necessary action, cutting Bluefin Tuna fishing quotas and income by 75% in order to protect the future of Southern Bluefin Tuna.

Our founder, Dinko Lukin, knew there was a way to protect the species and our oceans while allowing future generations to enjoy the delights of the world’s most sought-after and decadent fish.

Dinko’s method of tuna ‘catching and ranching’, where only a select number of fish are kept in captivity to grow and mature before harvest, not only reduces the number of fish taken from the ocean but improves the quality of the fish that are harvested.

While in captivity, the fish feed on a rich, natural diet that allows them to mature and grow, while increasing the fishermen’s quota, as the limit on their catch is determined by the weight of the fish caught in the wild.

This ingenious method has been crucial to restoring the Southern Bluefin Tuna population in South Australia and is now the internationally accepted method for Bluefin Tuna farming. The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) has confirmed that the latest data indicates a strong recovery of the wild population of Southern Bluefin Tuna, and it is now a sustainable fishery, with stocks growing yearly.

Worker pushing a cart full of frozen Tuna inside a freezer

Our super-freezing technology

But our commitment to sustainability doesn’t stop with our fishing methods. We also believe in making sure that people around the world can enjoy the fish we harvest, while minimising waste and maintaining quality.

We invested millions of dollars developing our super-freezing technology, which freezes our catch within hours of harvest.

This unique process ensures we maintain the highest integrity of the flesh without the need for nasty heavy chemicals, such as CO2 gases, to preserve the fish.

By minimising cell damage we maintain culinary integrity, with the tuna retaining perfect texture, colour and flavour so that consumers can enjoy the famed delicacy all year round.

A key member of the industry

At Dinko Seafoods, we believe in the industry coming together to protect our oceans and ocean life. We value our membership of industry organisations that share this vision.

We are proud to display the blue Marine Stewardship Council label on our products to show that we meet international fishery standards for fish stocks, including minimising our environmental impact. MSC accreditation is the gold standard that fisheries worldwide aspire to.

We are also proud to have accreditation by Friend of the Sea, the only sustainable fisheries certification program recognised and supervised globally by a national accreditation body.

Dinko Seafoods is also one of the few Australian seafood suppliers that has a membership to the Earth Island Institute Dolphin Safe Tuna program. Since the program launched in 1990, dolphin deaths in tuna nets have reduced by 99%. And we are proud to be part of driving that change in keeping dolphins safe in the tuna farming process. As a member of the Dolphin Safe program, our equipment, procedures and policies must pass annual assessment by the Earth Island Institute.

Enjoy the delights of Dinko Seafoods

Bluefin tuna is a luxury experience everyone should try. Source it from a sustainable company like Dinko Seafoods, and you can enjoy it with peace of mind.

Once you place an order, we’ll pack it and ship it on the first available flight (if required). Generally, your order will be delivered within 3-5 days of purchase.

To make a wholesale order, contact us today.