Posted by Hélène Bourges — 21 April 2016 at 3:59pm
Greenpeace crew, currently on board the Esperanza in the Indian Ocean, have found a destructive fishing device (FAD) that has been deployed by a John West supplier. We know this thanks to your research on John West tuna cans coming from the region.
Greenpeace’s tuna league table for 2015 sees the UK’s largest tinned tuna brand, John West, sink to the bottom of the ranking, with a woeful 98% of its tuna caught using destructive and unsustainable fishing methods.
After promising consumers back in 2011 that 100% of its tuna would be sustainable by 2016, John West has managed only a dismal 2% – with nearly all of its tuna caught in nets using so-called Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) which indiscriminately kill a host of other marine life, including sharks and even endangered sea turtles.
John West are failing to meet their commitment to source sustainable tuna
The new Greenpeace tinned tuna league table exposes the wide gulf between UK supermarkets and brands which have taken sustainability seriously and those which have simply broken promises to clean up. Use this to help you decide which brands to buy and which to avoid until they improve.
Tuna are fish, and they are wild animals. But to many
people, they are simply understood as food. It can be a bit confusing when the
short hand of ‘tuna’ is used, as it covers a whole family of species, from the
relatively-tiddly and widespread skipjack, right up to the majestic but
I’m so happy to announce that after we released our 2014
tuna league table, and after all your emails, tweets and calls to Tesco
over the last few weeks – we have a fantastic victory. The manufacturer of
Oriental & Pacific tuna has agreed to our demands. This means that fewer
sharks, turtles and rays will be killed as a result of the method used to fish