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Blog Archive - April 2014

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

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
April 10, 2014

Last year we reported that The Earth Island Institute’s “dolphin safe” deception was exposed yet again in our blog post The Emperor Really Has No Clothes.

In that post, 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).  Continue reading >





Study: EII, Authority Without Credibility?

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
April 4, 2014

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.  Continue reading >