Tuna: on the brink of extinction

Last edited 10 June 2014 at 1:35pm

The UK eats more tuna than any other country except the USA. No wonder - it’s the UK’s most popular tinned fish. But tuna also provides a critical part of the diet of millions of people across the globe. Sadly, rampant overfishing is pushing some species, like the magnificent bluefin tuna, to the brink of extinction. Our appetite for cheap tinned tuna also puts other species like sharks, turtles and rays at risk through indiscriminate catch methods. We work to promote sustainable fishing methods, and to stop the fishing of endangered tuna species.

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On the trail of John West dirty tuna in the Indian ocean

Today, the Greenpeace ship, The Esperanza, set sail in the Indian Ocean to peacefully tackle unsustainable fishing by the world’s largest tuna company, Thai...
Posted by Hélène Bourges - 18 April, 2016 - 17:22

How you CAN help us uncover dirty tuna!

Last year, Greenpeace confronted John West over a broken promise. Back in 2011, they promised customers that 100% of their tuna would be caught sustainably by...
Posted by Hélène Bourges - 13 April, 2016 - 16:45
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A tale of two tunas

Imagine a world where there are two tuna companies called John West.Both are the number one brand in their market. Both faced Greenpeace campaigns and, as a...
Posted by Hélène Bourges - 15 February, 2016 - 15:39

Cheap seafood costs too much in human suffering

About 8 years ago, I had the joy of doing a live news interview from a fish processing factory in Grimsby. Being in a fish processing factory in Grimsby was...
Posted by Willie - 14 December, 2015 - 13:09

Customer outrage over tuna giants John West and Thai Union

Tuna has finally gone mainstream, following the outcry in the media that John West* has broken its sustainability and traceability promises. We’ve reached...
Posted by Ariana Densham - 21 October, 2015 - 10:56

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