SERIOUS MONDAY: WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR TUNA?

 

We eat a lot of tuna in our house – and invariably opt for market leader, John West, so I was pretty upset to read the latest report on tuna fishing from Greenpeace.

John West has come out  bottom of the league when it comes to using sustainable fishing, according to Greenpeace and it wants people to join its campaign for better tuna fishing. 

After the USA, Britain is the world’s largest consumer of tuna but Greenpeace says major companies are contributing to the decline of sea turtles, sharks, rays and other sea creatures. 

Most tuna sold in the UK is now “dolphin friendly” and most of us look for that on the tin but Greenpeace says a lot of our tuna is caught in nets and this leads to heavy by-catch of other species.

And as if that wasn’t enough, apparently tuna has been over-fished to such an extent that most of the 23 commercial stocks are now in danger of being wiped out completely.

So, until companies like John West get their act together, we’ll be buying Sainsbury’s – which came top of the Greenpeace league because ALL of its tuna is now pole and line caught – rather than with nets which threaten other species of marine life.

You can check on your brand of tuna – and sign up to the Greenpeace campaign here 

Susan

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