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World Tuna Day

The United Nations (UN) established World Tuna Day on May 2 to raise awareness about the importance of tuna and to promote more sustainable fishing practices. It is observed for the first time in 2017.

Fishermen unloading yellowfin tuna in the Philippines.

Yellowfin tuna being unloaded in General Santos City, Philippines.

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The World Depends on Tuna

According to the UN, a large number of countries worldwide depend on tuna for both food security and nutrition.

At the same time, more than 80 countries have tuna fisheries, and their capacity is constantly growing.

Overfishing Threatens Tuna

In recent years, environmental groups like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have warned that some types of tuna, such as the bluefin, are now endangered. Because of overfishing, bluefin stocks in the Northern Pacific Ocean have declined by more than 96% in comparison to unfished levels, a 2013 stock assessment showed.

Promoting Sustainable Tuna Fishing

With so many countries around the world relying on tuna for both its nutritional and economic value, World Tuna Day, first observed on May 2, 2017, is an effort to stress the importance of a stable and healthy tuna population.

In practice, the event aims to spread information about the possible impact of drastically declining tuna stocks and to highlight the economic and social benefits of establishing more sustainable fishing practices.

World Tuna Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2017TueMay 2World Tuna DayUnited Nations observance
2018WedMay 2World Tuna DayUnited Nations observance
2019ThuMay 2World Tuna DayUnited Nations observance
2020SatMay 2World Tuna DayUnited Nations observance
2021SunMay 2World Tuna DayUnited Nations observance
2022MonMay 2World Tuna DayUnited Nations observance
2023TueMay 2World Tuna DayUnited Nations observance
2024ThuMay 2World Tuna DayUnited Nations observance
2025FriMay 2World Tuna DayUnited Nations observance

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