people are telling the biggest brands that they won't buy unsustainable or unjust tuna. Can you sign too?
- Tuna league table
- Caught in the net
The League Table
Which tuna brands are worst for people, planet and oceans?
- They promised 100% sustainable tuna by 2016 - so far they've managed 2%. They show little intention to change.
- John West's owners, Thai Union, have been linked to human rights abuses in their seafood supply chains
- They must stop using unsustainable fishing methods that catch sharks, endangered turtles and other creatures
- Score well for protecting local workers but very poor sustainability
- They promised 100% sustainable tuna by the end of 2014. They’ve managed a measley 25%
- Continue to use unsustainable methods to catch tuna, which also kill all kinds of other creatures in their nets
- Lidl’s tuna is not good for the oceans -– nearly 80% is caught using destructive fishing methods
- They should commit to sourcing tuna using only sustainable fishing methods
- On the positive, Lidl has good sea to shelf traceability
- Could be worse, should be better
- Their tuna is 100% sustainably caught - which is great!
- They must strengthen their policies to avoid illegally caught fish and the treatment of workers
- 100% sustainably caught...but could do more to improve
- Policies to avoid illegally caught tuna and overfished stocks should be formalised
- Could do more to promote the most sustainable choices in stores
- Improvements being made but could do better
- Recently met their promise to source 100% tuna using sustainable fishing methods
- Could do more to avoid overfished stocks
- Strong new entrant to the league table
- Their own brand is 100% sustainably caught which minimises harm to the oceans
- They say "sourcing fish in a responsible way is really important to us"
- Huge progress made all round since last league table
- 100% pole- and- line caught tuna
- Good traceability of tuna from sea to shelf and strong policies to avoid illegally caught fish
- They say “we want to ensure that our customers can buy seafood that is both sustainable and affordable”
- Top #JustTuna brand - other brands need to follow their lead
- 100% pole-and-line caught tuna with strong sustainability policies
- Tuna is sourced fairly meaning local workers and communities are protected
- They say - “We hope further progress can be made within the sector to make our oceans safer for marine species”
Marks & Spencer
- Top #JustTuna brand - other companies should follow their lead.
- 100% sustainably caught using pole-and-line method and strong sea to shelf traceability
- On sustainable tuna they say - “the future of the world’s fisheries depends on it”
- A go to #JustTuna brand - other companies should follow their lead
- Tuna is 100% sustainably caught and Waitrose is dedicated to ensuring it is fairly caught
- They say “Sustainability is at the very heart of what we do”
Caught in the net
The oceans are full of beautiful creatures. Unfortunately due to destructive tuna fishing practices around the world, many other marine animals including endangered species are being needlessly and indiscriminately caught and killed in the process.
There are many sorts of fish in the sea, in the open ocean fish like jacks, Mahi Mahi and rainbow runners are found in tropical seas and often hang around with schools of tuna. Many tropical fish have stunning colours and patterns, with rainbow runners being named for their colourful stripes.
The billfish are stunning ocean predators that are most recognised by their sword-like noses. They are strong, and fast, with the spectacular sailfish taking the record as the fastest fish in the ocean, managing swimming speeds of over 60mph.
Although they are often overlooked and poorly understood, there are lots of species of small whales in the world’s oceans, often travelling in social groups, communicating closely, and feeding together on small fish or squid. Pilot whales are a particularly sociable species, with large family groups which stick closely together and look after each other when sick or injured.
Playful dolphins are the most recognisable small members of the whale family, they often seek out boats and humans at sea, which makes them seem very friendly. Dolphin pods can range from just a few animals, to many thousands in a group. They range from just over a metre long to 4 metres or more in length.
Sharks are awesome, they come in all shapes and sizes, and have lived in our oceans since the time of the dinosaurs. Hammerhead sharks have 360 degree vision, thresher sharks use their long tail to stun prey, and blue sharks can give birth to over 100 live babies which are known as ‘pups.’ Commercial fishing causes 100 million shark deaths every year
Whale sharks are gentle giants, the biggest fish in the sea, with an adult being roughly the same length as a double decker bus. These slow-growing, gentle filter-feeders eat tiny plankton, and are harmless to humans.