2 May 2017 was the first internationally recognized World Tuna Day. In December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly voted to officially observe the Day in its resolution 71/124.

The move underlined the importance of conservation management to ensure that we have systems in place to prevent tuna stocks from crashing.

Many countries depend heavily on tuna resources for food security and nutrition, economic development, employment, government revenue, livelihoods, culture and recreation.

At present, over 96 countries are involved in the conservation and management of tuna with an annual value of almost 10 billion USD, at landing.