Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Tuna, Tongol

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Tuna, Tongol Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Light Tuna Malaysia Wild
Tuna, Tongol Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Light Tuna Worldwide Troll, Pole
Tuna, Tongol Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Light Tuna Worldwide Gillnet, Purse Seine


Tongol Tuna, Wild, Worldwide

Most tongol tuna is rated as "Avoid" due to high levels of bycatch and poor enforcement of fisheries regulations.

Consumer Note

Tongol is typically marketed as either tongol tuna or canned light tuna, and is gaining popularity as a slightly moister alternative to albacore (white) tuna.

Summary

Unlike most other commercially caught tuna species that travel the world's oceans, tongol tuna is "neritic," meaning it favors nearshore waters. It's found in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans.

Over 90 percent of tongol tuna in the market comes from four nations: Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia and Thailand. All have numerous management measures in place to help protect tongol tuna populations; however, Malaysia is the only one that also has adequate enforcement. For this reason, tongol tuna from Malaysia is rated as a "Good Alternative."

Tongol tuna is caught in a variety of ways. Troll, pole or handline gear is more selective, and tongol tuna caught in these ways are "Good Alternatives."

Tongol tuna caught using all other gear (including gillnets and purse seines) has high bycatch of sharks and juvenile fishes and is ranked as "Avoid" - unless caught in Malaysia, in which case it's a "Good Alternative."


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