Orange roughy are easy to over fish. So, humans do. But that doesn't seem to be stopping moves to re-define them as 'sustainable' by the Marine Stewardship Council.
True, when we started fishing orange roughy we didn’t know that this slow-growing,
long-lived, deep water fish was particularly susceptible. But now we definitely do. Orange
roughy can live to a staggering 150 years old, and are at least 30 years old
before they are mature enough to breed. To put that into context: there are
probably orange roughy alive today that were born when Queen Victoria was on
the throne, and they take about 10 times
longer to mature than Atlantic cod.
There are two types of plankton – tiny plants (phytoplankton)
and tiny animals (zooplankton).
Zooplankton includes some eggs and larvae of things like
fish and crabs, as well as some minute animals that feed on phytoplankton. That
makes them the first link in any food chain, and the basis for all of the ocean’s
Greenpeace activists confront supply vessel Explorer II by blacking out their lights with eco-paint
If John West’s owner
Thai Union doesn’t start protecting the oceans and those who work on them,
we’ll continue to shut down their supply chains, explains Tom Lowe, who has
just returned from the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza’s tour of the Indian
Posted by MeenaRajput — 31 May 2016 at 2:44pm
Photographer, Will Rose, joined Greenpeace activists on an expedition to the Indian Ocean to remove dozens of destructive Fish Aggregating Devices. These FADs kill endangered marine life including sharks and turtles, but despite this, leading tuna brands John West and Thai Union continue to use them. Since our campaign launched, Tesco and Waitrose have threatened to remove John West from their shelves unless they clean up their act.
A Greenpeace activist blockading a factory which supplies 'dirty' tuna to John West
If you were doing your weekly shop at Sainsbury’s last Saturday, you may have noticed that John West tuna was no longer in stock. ‘Hurray!’ you may have thought, ‘Sainsbury’s has finally decided to drop this horrific brand.’ If you looked a little closer, however, you would have noticed that Greenpeace was actually behind the lack of John West tuna in the tinned fish aisle. ;-)