About Dinko Tuna
Dinko Tuna Farmers is a family owned seafood export business based in Port Lincoln, a small city in the vast region of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Our company was established by Dinko Lukin in 1981. His wife Lukina Lukin is the current Managing Director. We own and manage our own fishing vessels and processing factory, exporting southern bluefin tuna, sardines and Spencer Gulf prawns. Eyre Peninsula’s wild catch fisheries are managed by the state and commonwealth government through strict quota programs to ensure sustainability of the industry. At Dinko Tuna we endeavour to be a valued supplier of premium seafood products.To achieve this we work to the highest standards and assist with the management and protection of the fish we sell. We strive for innovation and sustainability in every sector of our operation.
Dinko Tuna is a proud winner of various awards, including the Australian Government Prize for Rural Innovation 2005. This prestigious award reads, “Recognition of outstanding innovation for the tuna farms that saved Port Lincoln.” It was presented by the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Mark Vaile and is just one of the accolades the company has collected in its long and illustrious history.
Looking to the future
It is our aim to broaden our supply globally, and we are investigating opportunities to break into the Chinese market. We also plan to expand our product range through retail packages of varying sizes with potential for sale in supermarkets nationwide. The packages would be ready to use and could include gourmet microwaveable packaged meals. This is a concept our Managing Director devised after a trade visit with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to South East Asia. The idea is in the early stages of development. Stay tuned to this website for updates on the progression of our retail packaging plans.
We are one of the few members of the Earth Island Dolphin Safe tuna monitoring program. Earth Island’s unique international monitoring program regularly inspects tuna dockside, in canneries and aboard vessels to ensure consumers that the tuna they purchase is dolphin safe. It is the world’s largest private environmental monitoring program. Under agreements with Earth Island, tuna companies pledge to abide by its Dolphin Safe tuna standards of no encirclement of dolphins or other marine mammals during an entire fishing trip, no accidental deaths or serious injuries of any dolphins, and no use of drift gill nets.