Guam – The conservation group GreenPeace has issued a demand to the WCFPC leaders gathered on Guam this week for a more sustainable tuna fishing practices in the Pacific.
Fishing industry leaders from 25 Pacific nations are gathered at the Hyatt in Tumon this week for the 8th regular meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.
The fiswhnewseu.com website reports that GreenPeace is demanding that:
* WCPFC listen to consumer and industry demands for sustainable tuna
* end all fishing in the Pacific Commons
* ban wasteful Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in purse seine fisheries
* cut the bigeye tuna catch in half.
The website reports that GreenPeace this week released its ranking of Canadian canned tuna companies’ “sustainability achievements”, which GreenPeace says shows an “increasing consumer demand for responsibly-sourced tuna.”
The story quotes GreenPeace International Oceans campaigner Sari Tolvanen as saying: “If we want ample fish and fishing industries for the future, we need drastic change today. This Canadian ranking shows that change is taking place across the global tuna marketplace, thanks to consumers and visionary business leaders.”
Tolvanen is also quoted as saying that the WCPFC members meeting here on Guam “must strengthen its existing conservation measures and manage Pacific tuna populations for the benefit of everyone, not just the industrial fishing industry lobbyists.”