Washington D.C. – The Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna has launched an international effort to promote a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing and truth-in-labeling. By educating consumers about the true nature of current tuna fishing and labeling practices, the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna seeks to ensure that not only dolphins, but sharks, marine turtles, seabirds, juvenile tuna and other vulnerable species, are not unnecessarily harmed during the fishing process.
The Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna believes in a world where fishing for tuna need not be synonymous with damaging the environment. Many fishing fleets still rely on unsustainable fishing methods, such as fish aggregating devices (FADs), despite the devastating amounts of bycatch and damage to the marine ecosystem caused by such methods. Even more troubling, current U.S. regulations on tuna fishing do not meet either consumer expectations or international standards for ensuring that no dolphins are killed or seriously injured.
As part of the effort, the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna has created a website (www.ecosafetuna.org) to provide environmentally-minded consumers with information on sustainable fishing practices, the latest science, reports and studies, information about the costs and impact of the current U.S. “dolphin-safe” labeling practices, resources to take action and much more. Over the coming weeks and months, the Campaign for Eco-Safe tuna will undertake a series of initiatives to protect the entire marine ecosystem and promote eco-safe tuna fishing practices.
About the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
The Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna is an international effort committed to a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing. We advocate for new labeling rules in the United States and around the world to promote an eco-friendly approach to tuna fishing and ensure that consumers are no longer misled about false claims by current “dolphin-safe” labels. For more information, visit www.ecosafetuna.org. Follow the campaign on Twitter at @ecosafetuna.