Tuna sandwiches endangered

Pret a Manger drops tuna after fears of over-fishing

The tuna sandwich is in danger of becoming extinct after concerns about overfishing.

Pret a Manger, the sandwich chain, has said it is dropping its tuna and cucumber sandwich, and bluefin tuna in its sushi boxes. It will continue to sell its tuna baguettes, but only using fish caught by dolphin-friendly pole and line.

Julian Metcalfe, the founder of Pret, made the decision after watching The End of the Line, a new shock documentary film about overfishing.

Bluefin tuna, the most expensive variety, which is used for sushi, is the most at risk, and stocks are collapsing. All the major supermarkets told the Mail that they have banned bluefin tuna from their fish counters.

Canned tuna is usually yellowfin or skipjack, which are not at immediate risk, but may be caught using large nets that kill dolphins, sharks and turtles.

Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Tom Aikens, the celebrity chefs, have all stopped selling bluefin tuna at their restaurants.

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