The European Parliament has called for European Union laws that insist the only tuna sold within the EU as "dolphin-safe tuna" are those caught following the guidelines of the International Dolphin Conservation Programme.

MEPs backed a report by Portuguese conservative Duarte Freitas, which said products with such labels should be from catches certified as involving no harm or death to dolphins.

In line with IDCP rules, if any dolphin is injured or killed when catching tuna, it may neither be certified nor sold as "dolphin-safe". MEPs called for these rules to become compulsory for EU fishing fleets, fish processors and retailers.