Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tell John West to stop using FADs

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Greenpeace assesses tuna rands on a range of factors, but one of the most important things brands can do for our oceans is stop using fish aggregating devices (FADs) with giant ‘purse seine’ nets.

Grrenpeace says that fishing with FADs is indiscriminate – at least 10% of each haul is undersized tuna and other marine creatures, known as bycatch.

Greenpeace says:
  • John West is Australia’s biggest tuna brand – selling 97 million cans of tuna a year.
  • John West claims it is committed to sustainability, but for 98% of its tuna, John West still permits the use of FADs with nets.
  • John West catches the equivalent of 10 million cans of sharks, rays, baby tuna and turtles a year by refusing to ban FADs.

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