In 2006, we said Morrisons was the worst fish retailer. Now its failing on tinned tuna, just like John West
We had huge success earlier this
month getting both Princes and Asda to clean up their tinned tuna. But the battle
against the butchering of our oceans isn’t over: John West and Morrisons are
still not off the hook (ahem).
Of all the tuna species, skipjack
is seen as the most plentiful and the most sustainable. The speed with which it
reproduces and matures has meant stocks are more resilient to our industrial
fishing fleets than its bluefin and bigeye cousins, and has guaranteed its
place in the sandwiches and baked potatoes of the nation. Or at least, that has
been the case until now.
Now I'm back in the office and
finally warmed up after yesterday's trip to visit Princes in Liverpool,
I've been able to browse through some of the slogan suggestions which have been
sent in. There are some absolute crackers in the 1,000-plus ideas we've
Bigeye tuna caught in the Pacific. Princes claims to use bigeye tuna from the Indian Ocean
Yesterday, some of my colleagues
met with executives from Princes to discuss the problems with their tinned
tuna. It was the first meeting for several months and certainly since Princes
came bottom of our league table. Needless to say, there was a lot to discuss.
Posted by jamie — 18 January 2011 at 5:28pm
It's been a good week for seafood
sales. The Guardian reports that supermarkets have been doing brisk business in
"sustainable seafood", particularly those featured in the various Big
Fish Fight shows on Channel 4.
Posted by jamie — 14 January 2011 at 6:44pm
So, what's been going on since our
tinned tuna league table was released on an expectant world at the weekend?
Quite a bit as it happens and already you've helped us score another small but
vital victory over the worst of the tuna companies, Princes.
Tesco was bottom of our tinned tuna league table before a nifty u-turn
Update, 9 March 2011: both Princes and Asda have committed to
removing tuna caught using fish aggregating devices in combination with
purse seine nets from their supply chains by 2014.Read more >>
Having got wind of our new tinned
tuna league table (see below) and the fact that it was going to come last,
Tesco has done a spectacular u-turn. After being the subject of a Greenpeace
investigation, it has radically improved its policy on the fishing methods it
will permit for its own-brand tuna.
Posted by Willie — 15 October 2010 at 10:15am
Two whole years in the making, Princes' new 'sustainable seafood statement' was supposed to address many issues. Specifically it was supposed to be explaining just what the company intended to do to drag itself from the bottom of our tinned tuna league table by explaining the measures they were implementing to ensure they were sourcing their tinned tuna responsibly.