OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

We are deeply committed to protecting the environment for generations to come. And we believe by preserving tuna fish stocks we can play our part in creating a sustainable future.

Here at Dinko Tuna, we are proud to have led the way in sustainable fishing methods. It is because of our commitment to sustainability that we have developed innovative solutions that have shaped an entire industry. Today, the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna fisheries are one of the most sustainable on the planet.

Men getting ready to go fishing

Leading the way in sustainable fishing methods

We have been at the forefront of the development of a sustainable fishery in Australia.

In 1984, the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) cut tuna fishing quotas and income by two thirds to help the sustainability of the species.

In response, Dinko Lukin threw the industry a lifeline when he hatched the ground-breaking idea of farming this fast swimming ocean fish. We implemented the harvest of wild Bluefin Tuna as they pass through the cold, clean waters of South Australia during the summer beginning in December.

The fish are then slowly towed back to Port Lincoln where they are ranched (farmed) until they reach optimal size. This method increases the fishermen’s quota as the limit on their catch is determined by the weight of the fish caught in the wild, with any weight gained in captivity a bonus.

Dinko Lukin’s solution not only helped the regeneration of Southern Bluefin Tuna in the wild but 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 strong recovery of the wild population of Southern Bluefin Tuna and it is now a sustainable fishery, with stocks growing yearly.

Sustainability lies at the heart of everything we do

Every day, our focus remains on innovation and sustainability… in every sector of our operation. We use sustainable farming methods to harvest our catch. That’s why we choose to feed our Bluefin Tuna on a diet of premium, sustainable MSC certified South Australian sardines.

We own and manage our own fishing vessels and processing factory, exporting premium sustainably caught Southern Bluefin Tuna, Australian Sardines and Western King Prawns.

Our fisheries are managed by the State and Commonwealth Governments through strict quota programs to ensure sustainability of the industry. They regularly conduct water quality audits and assess the local marine ecosystems in the region to guarantee its clean, green reputation.

We are also proud to be part of the ‘Adopt a Beach’ program to monitor, cleanup and minimise the impact of debris on the Spencer Gulf coastline.

Accreditations

Dinko Tuna is proud to be accredited by the following associations:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

The MSC mission is to end overfishing and restore fish stocks for future generations – something we are very passionate about here at Dinko Tuna.

We are proud to display the blue MSC label on our products to show that we meet international fishery standards for fish stocks, minimising our environmental impact and effect management.

MSC accreditation is recognised worldwide as the gold standard to aspire to.

Men swimming on the ocean catching tunas

Commission for the Conversation of Southern Bluefin Tuna

The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for the management of Southern Bluefin Tuna throughout its distribution. The Commission’s objective is to ensure, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilisation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.

Members of the Extended Commission are: Australia, the European Union, the Fishing Entity of Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and South Africa.

Men pulling the rope from the boat

Friend of the Sea

Dinko Tuna is accredited by Friend of the Sea, the only sustainable fisheries certification program recognised and supervised globally by a national accreditation body.

Several benchmarks have confirmed the strength and reliability of the Friend of the Sea certification and chain of custody.

Yearly audits are carried out onsite by independent international certification bodies in consultation with stakeholders, against the strict Friend of the Sea environmental sustainability and social accountability criteria.

Dolphin Safe

Dinko Tuna is one of very few Australian seafood suppliers who have membership to the Earth Island Institute Dolphin Safe Tuna program.

Since the program was 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 are assessed annually by the Earth Island Institute.

Make a sustainable seafood choice

It’s never been easier to put sustainable seafood on your plate with Dinko Tuna seafood products. Contact us to find out more about our range of premium seafood.

TESTIMONIALS

“We’ve used Dinko Tuna for several years. The quality is always fresh and rich in flavour. The tuna sashimi gives a wonderful taste to dishes, using low temperature cooking methods or grill. I highly recommend Dinko Tuna.”

Jae, Executive Chef Bai Long, Adelaide SA

“We began using Dinko Spencer Gulf King Prawns many years ago. Previously, we’d tried other brands but we found the Spencer Gulf prawns offered the most consistent quality and size. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them.”

Audreen Lee, Owner, Concubine, Adelaide SA

“The Bluefin Tuna loins from Dinko Tuna are the best I’ve experienced in my 37 years as a chef. The packaging allows ease of storage and use within the kitchen. The consistency of the product is second to none; we can produce fresh dishes all year round. I have no hesitation in recommending the Bluefin Tuna; you will not be disappointed.”

Kris Bunder, Chef/Owner, Del Giorno's, Port Lincoln SA

“The quality of the Bluefin Tuna and King Prawn has been consistently awesome, as if it’s come fresh from the sea, allowing our chefs to create a variety of dishes. The freshness of the tuna sashimi is regularly complimented. The packaging allows for easy storage.”

Jessica Teoh, Director, Pacific Sea Urchin, Waverly VIC

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