Tuna get political support

Posted by Willie — 17 July 2009 at 3:03pm - Comments

Great news from the world of politics today for bluefin tuna, as reported in the Independent, although you might want it explaining a little.

The UK and French governments have both said that they will back a proposal by Monaco to have bluefin tuna listed by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).

Limited edition sushi*

Posted by Willie — 14 July 2009 at 12:02pm - Comments

*Bluefin sushi will only be available for a limited period because bluefin will soon be extinct. © Ultimate Holding Company / Greenpeace

Bluefin tuna is an endangered species, and it's the oceanic equivalent of a tiger, rhino, or panda - yet it is still being served up as expensive sushi in restaurants. In London alone, there are dozens of venues serving up bluefin, although the celebrity hang-out Nobu is probably the most high-profile culprit.

Our politicians have failed on bluefin tuna, they ignore the scientific warnings, and continue to set quotas that are then ignored by the fishermen.

If we want to stop bluefin from becoming extinct in just a few years then we need to take action now.

Moonlight vigils in the Med

Posted by Liz Cronin — 2 July 2009 at 9:38am - Comments

More from Liz onboard the Rainbow Warrior as the crew monitor the overfishing of bluefin tuna in the seas around Malta.

Life has calmed down a bit since Emma was attacked just over a week ago. I can't believe it's been more than a week already, time has flown by. We were attempting to board a tuna vessel in Malta to carry out an inspection when Emma was beaten in the face and neck by Massimo Cappitta, director of Mare Blu Tuna Farm.

Looks are everything

Posted by Willie — 25 June 2009 at 12:55pm - Comments

The Great White shark: more threatened than threatening © CC  hermanusbackpackers

A couple of stories in the press today caught my eye. Both are about what we internally refer to as 'charismatic megafauna' (the big animals people tend to be interested in and care about), but they are also both damning indictments of our failure to protect our oceans and the life that depends on them.

Firstly – in the week of the International Whaling Commission meeting in Madeira, Portugal – whilst lots of countries get together to talk lots and try not to upset each other too much,  the BBC reports that a highly-endangered species of porpoise is being pushed ever closer to extinction.

Video: A black eye for Emma and a step forward for bluefin tuna

Posted by jossc — 24 June 2009 at 9:05am - Comments

John Hocevar, aboard the Rainbow Warrior in Malta, describes how sailors from one of the Mediterranean's largest tuna fishing companies violently attacked a female crew member trying to inspect and document their trawler's cargo. Watch the video evidence for yourself.

"Take care of our tuna, because they are going to exterminate them"

Posted by Liz Cronin — 19 June 2009 at 4:29pm - Comments

More from Liz onboard the Rainbow Warrior as the crew monitor the overfishing of bluefin tuna in the seas around Malta. 

An old Maltese fisherman leans over the rails in his string vest, gesticulating passionately as his son translates for us. As we speed back to the Rainbow Warrior we hear his son shout after us, "Take care of our tuna, because they are going to exterminate them!"

Standing up to the big guys...

Posted by liz on rainbow ... — 16 June 2009 at 9:09am - Comments

Our new blogger Liz is a volunteer deck-hand onboard the Rainbow Warrior. Over the next few weeks she'll be our eyes and ears aboard as the crew document and expose the flagrant overfishing of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean. Their first port of call is Malta, a focal point of the exploitative tuna ranching industry.

Knee-deep in corned beef and sushi

Posted by frances-yms — 9 June 2009 at 3:46pm - Comments

Frances puts her corned beef to one side for a momentFrances puts her corned beef to one side for a momentFrances volunteers for our biodiversity campaigns and is next up in the blog relay, a whistle-stop tour of Greenpeace staff here in the UK. Click here to catch up on the other entries.

People sometimes ask me why I volunteer for Greenpeace. Well, let's see what I do and why.

As a volunteer on the forests and oceans campaigns, my job involves doing investigative research work. The work is pretty varied, and is a combination of doing desk research and getting out and about in the big wide world.

For example, as part of our Amazon work, I've been visiting various supermarkets, looking at whether we can link the beef products on their shelves back to companies who we know are involved in destroying the rainforests. Today, cattle farms occupy nearly 80 per cent of all deforested land in the Brazilian Amazon. Many of the beef products from these farms are sold on the world market. The Amazon doesn't belong on a supermarket shelf labelled as corned beef!

Endangered tuna - what a difference a World Oceans Day makes

Posted by jossc — 9 June 2009 at 11:25am - Comments

It's all gone a bit tuna crazy in the media over the last couple of days. What with the launch of The End of the Line, the Nobu protests and the Pret a Manger announcement, coverage of the plight of bluefin tuna has accelerated faster than one of the mighty fish themselves (which as we all know by now, is quicker off the mark than a Porsche 911).

Tinned Tuna Update

Posted by Willie — 8 June 2009 at 3:42pm - Comments

Update, December 2009: John West introduces new sustainability policy »

Last year we published our tinned tuna league table, ranking the main retailers and brands on the overall sustainability of their canned tuna. Tinned tuna, which is normally skipjack (the most common variety), is a food cupboard staple in the UK, and we are the second biggest consumers in the world, so we can have a massive impact on improving the sustainability of the fishing that fills the tins.

As well as assessing the information given on the tins (some didn’t even tell you what species was inside!) we also evaluated the impact of how the fish were being caught, and the company's overall sourcing policies.

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