Undercurrent News: Meliomar pushing sustainable tuna for Filipino domestic market

Filipino tuna processing plant Meliomar, and the handline fishery improvement project (FIP) run under BlueYou's Artesmar program, are working to sell more Filipino tuna to domestic chefs.

While the Philippines maintains a reputation as a global seafood producer, local seafood consumption remains significant and is beginning to get hooked on more responsibly caught seafood, said consultancy BlueYou in a press release.

“The Philippines, especially Manila, shows great potential for using seafood only from sustainable sources,” said executive chef Marko Rankel from Diamond Hotel.

Filipinos have a long tradition of consuming locally caught seafood, but with issues of overfishing and poor fisheries management stressing local stocks, the country has become increasingly dependant on imported seafood.

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