Over the decades, millions of dolphins worldwide have been caught as bycatch in tuna fishing. In order to put an end to this bycatch, the Dolphin-Safe certification has been created. In short, the Dolphin-Safe certificate is your guarantee that the product meets the requirements for dolphin-safe fishing, but although the certification has saved many dolphins, it also has another downside.
The certification that has saved millions of dolphins
When the fishermen set sail in search of tuna, they no longer look for dolphins on the surface of the water. In the past, it was very common for fishermen to keep an eye out for dolphins because the tuna often swam below them. In order to avoid the large amount of bycatch of dolphins, they instead switched to more selective catching methods and legislation in the area, which resulted in a significant reduction in mortality among dolphins.
The USA was the first to introduce the Dolphin-Safe certification in the late 1980s, and subsequently several countries have followed suit worldwide. To become part of the Dolphin-Safe certification, the fishery must comply with a number of requirements and legislation. For example, chasing shoals and using large nets when fishing for tuna is no longer allowed, as the dolphins will otherwise become entangled in the net and die.
Although Dolphin-Safe protects the dolphins, in some fisheries there is still no guarantee that other marine animals, such as sea turtles, have had to die. Therefore, as a consumer, you should still be critical when you stand in the supermarket and have to choose canned tuna for dinner.
Find Dolphin-Safe tuna at Grøndals
At Grøndals, sustainability is one of our focus areas, which is why our canned tuna comes exclusively from tuna that is caught using only rod and line. When you buy tasty tuna from Grøndals, the tuna is both IPNLF certified and Dolphin-safe. IPNLF certified tuna is your guarantee for an environmentally friendly fishing method, which selectively catches each individual tuna - thereby avoiding bycatch, such as dolphins, sea turtles or other marine animals.
We do not compromise on sustainability or good taste, as we believe these two go hand in hand. You can therefore safely sink your teeth into Grøndal's tinned fish - which, by the way, is completely free of harmful chemicals.
What is Dolphin-Safe
Dolphin-Safe is a certification used in tuna fishing. The certification is the consumer's guarantee that the catch does not contain by-catch consisting of dolphins. To be certified with Dolphin-Safe, the fishery must comply with certain requirements, which involve more selective fishing methods.
Which products are Dolphin-Safe certified
At Grøndals, all our canned tuna is both Dolphin-safe and IPNLF certified. All our tuna are caught with rod and line, which is considered the most environmentally friendly method available. This is because by-catch of all sizes is avoided.