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The Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP) has reduced the number of dolphin mortalities in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP) Ocean by 99 percent.

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A sustainable and eco-safe approach to tuna fishing can save millions of animals, including sharks, turtles and seabirds, and help preserve their natural habitats and ecosystems.

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Safeway, one of the largest supermarket chains in the United States, has begun stocking sustainable tuna that provides an alternative to environmentally destructive mainstream options such as Starkist, Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea.

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Within just six weeks of the launch of Greenpeace's Change Our Tuna campaign, 20,000 Australians demanded more sustainable fishing practices from their country's fishing industry.

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The global fishing industry can eliminate about 200,000 tons of bycatch by adopting eco-safe practices. That's equivalent to more than one billion cans of bycatch per year.

 

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Where did Earth Island Hide 8 Million Pounds of Illegally-Caught Tuna?

Last year ... we told you that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had finally levied $1.5 million in fines against six tuna fishing vessels that were caught red-handed engaging in Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing in the Western Pacific. Four of the vessels were also caught and fined for setting directly on marine mammals, a clear violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

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Study: EII, Authority Without Credibility?

A new study from the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands questions the reliability of the Earth Island Institute’s (EII) “dolphin-safe” certification. The study assesses whether “dolphin-safe” accreditation offers authority without credibility. The research investigates whether competition between standards leads to a “ratcheting up” of sustainability standards, or an opposite “race to the bottom,” offering certification programs that lower the bar and allow companies to “greenwash” their image with weak compliance criteria.

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Earth Friendly Fisheries

Sustainability and profitability have long been held as diametrically opposing interests, but a recent study in published by the Ecological Study of America concludes just the opposite. The study was conducted by a team of researchers from across the United States. They found that through careful regulation and fisheries management, ocean fishing operations could be both extremely profitable and highly sustainable, even helping declining populations recover and thrive.

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We Need a Sustainable Solution

We need a better system for rewarding sustainable and eco-safe fishing operations. We need a sustainable solution. The “regulations” and efforts to protect oceans and marine life are inadequate and inexcusable.

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Beautiful, Brave, and Now Eco-Safe

Costa Rica is known around the world as a tropical paradise for vacationers. For the past decade, Costa Rica has also been a leader in the emerging trend of ecotourism. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla advanced that leadership on Monday when she announced extended protections for Costa Rica’s coastal marine ecosystems, improving regulation on tuna fishing operations in their waters.

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