Top retailers demanded to stop selling ‘unsustainable tuna’

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Major retailers Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have been accused of “misleading consumers” by selling “unsustainable tuna” sourced from two Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Products such as Princes tuna and Tesco’s own brand label are sourced from fisheries which run widespread unsustainable fishing practices that leads to dangerous bycatch levels, insist campaigners….
Read more (edie.net)

FishNews – September 6, 2017

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Major Canned-Tuna Producers Hit With More Price-Fix Suits

A trio of new suits piled onto the country’s three biggest and long-beleaguered producers of canned tuna, alleging they colluded for more than a decade to raise prices and restrict supply in violation of federal antitrust laws. Privately held Bumble Bee Foods LLC, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, which does business as Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist Co. illegally colluded to repeatedly raise the prices of their canned tuna products….
Read more (law360.com)

Consumers ‘betrayed’ over sustainability of world’s biggest tuna fishery

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The vast Western and Central Pacific fishery provides about half of the world’s skipjack tuna, the type most commonly found in cans on supermarket shelves. Some is certified as sustainably caught by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and carries the group’s “blue tick” logo. But the same boats can also use, at other times, unsustainable methods to catch uncertified fish, a contradiction seen as unacceptable by the new On The Hook coalition….
Read more (theguardian.com)

“On the Hook” advocacy group formed to challenge MSC tuna certification

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A group of nonprofits, food retailers, Members of Parliament, and marine conservation activists have formed a new advocacy group in the United Kingdom to challenge the Marine Stewardship Council’s certification of the world’s largest tuna fishery.The group is led by celebrity chef and environmental activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and includes retailers American Tuna, Migros, World Wise Foods, Ocean Harvesters Operative….
Read more (seafoodsource.com)

Chinese fishermen jailed for massive illegal fish and shark haul in the Galapagos Islands

A group of Chinese fishermen have been jailed and fined a whopping $7.5 million just weeks after shocking photos emerged of their ship’s hull filled with endangered sharks.
Twenty Chinese fisherman were sentenced to between three and four years jail time in Ecuador after authorities found 272 tonnes of frozen marine animals apparently from the Galapagos Marine Reserve….
Read more (news.com.au)

Azores to host world’s first one-by-one tuna fisheries conference

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An island in Portugal’s the Azores will host the world’s first pole and line focused tuna fishing conference, according to a press release from the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF).
The One-by-One Tuna Fisheries Conference will be held Oct. 16-17 on Faial Island, with IPNLF the co-host. The fisheries secretariat for the government of the Azores is the other host….
Read more (undercurrentnews.com)