World Tuna Day is an annual event observed on May 2 to recognize the role of tuna to sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and livelihoods of people around the world.
Observed on: May 2
Organized by: UN, FAO
Introduced in: 2016 (UN Proclamation), 2017 (First Observation)
About World Tuna Day
Every year May 2 is observed as World Tuna Day. In December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly officially declared to observe World Tuna Day on May 2. First observation was made on May 2, 2017.This day is observed to recognize the role of tuna to sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and livelihoods of people around the world. Thus, it highlights the importance of sustainably managed fish stocks for UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Tuna and tuna-like fish are approximately 40 species occurring in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and in the Mediterranean Sea. They are good fish both as a significant source of food as well as economically. The tuna fish due to its large demand some species faces threatening, so there is a requirement to promote more sustainable fishing practices.
Activities and Programs on Tuna Day
The programs and events conducted on this day aims to spread information about the various impact of decline of tuna stocks to economic and social life of people. It also emphasizes on the importance of adopting and establishing a more sustainable fishing practice.
Various organizations, NGOs, governments, scientists, industry participants, etc. come together to make this observance as an effective one. This is done by scientific and technological resources to control tuna decline. This day is celebrating both locally and internationally. Speeches, debates, arts competitions, and various other competitions are conducting on this day to spread the message.