I was well impressed by the campaign’s achievements so far and amazed by how some of the most complicated issues and threats to our oceans were so simply explained. I was less impressed by Hugh using a plastic carrier bag to do his shopping at TESCO … Surely he could have used his own Fish Fight tote bag! but eh! I guess one can’t battle all battles at once …
Amongst the campaign’s successes, the Fish Fight helped pile the pressure on supermarkets and tinned tuna brands that were still addicted to destructive fishing using indiscriminate deathtraps known as FADs (Fish Aggregation Devices) getting commitments from some of the most influential companies to dump FADs and switch to pole and line and FAD-free purse seine fishing.
According to Greenpeace, these commitments can reduce bycatch by up to 90%, giving the juvenile and threatened tuna, as well as sharks, rays, turtles and even dolphins a fighting chance. These changes have come about with thousands of emails, phone calls and more, that have led to the commitments that will make the UK the world’s most sustainable tuna market. It is reassuring and refreshing to see that people’s voice (including mine) is being heard! When people join forces, politicians can’t ignore it!
By reading on the sustainable tuna market and bycatch topics I stumbled upon this great blog post worth reading:
This week I’m going to be highlighting the issue of Tuna as it’s possibly one of the most common fish products on our shelves, but also one that harbors some of the greatest environmental issues. The issue with Tuna is that although many of us have the impression that Dolphin friendly Tuna is sustainable and environmentally sourced, this is just a huge misconception. The truth is that the Dolphin friendly label is very ambiguous and can identify … Read More or watch this great video clip.