Why don't we have a tuna-processing plant?
MY PANTRY is stocked with small cans of 95g sandwich tins of "Western Pacific Ocean” tuna and on the tin it states: "Made in Thailand” from imported and local ingredients.
But the tin has been packed by a company in Victoria, Australia.
Another tin with Skip-jack, pole and line-caught tuna in chunks, says: "Made in Thailand” and packed in Bella Vista, NSW. It has 74% fish and 19% oil with water.
Meanwhile back here on the Wharf behind Parkyn Parade at Mooloolaba, our local fishing trawlers packed with yellow fin tuna are docked, unloaded, sorted, graded, then trucked to the Brisbane Airport, loaded on to a plane for "overseas destinations”, where people pay top dollar for yellow fin wild tuna caught in our waters.
These tuna have been certified by the globally recognised Marine Stewardship Council and are eagerly bought for their sustainability.
However, we ordinary people here on the Sunshine Coast and beyond are deprived of the luxury of these yellow fin tuna. So why is there no local processing plant here?
Why treat us as second-class citizens, forced to consume tinned so-called "made in Thailand” tuna?