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Blog Archive - September 2015

One Night in Bangkok - Part I: Your Hosts, Your Bullies

by Eco-Safe Tuna
September 16, 2015

This November, Friend of the Sea and Dolphin-Safe (aka Earth Island Institute) are hosting a meeting in Bangkok with the Thai Tuna Industry Association to reach out to retail and catering buyers. The purpose of this meeting is to convince retail and catering buyers that the only tuna to buy is tuna labelled dolphin safe and that by requesting and buying “dolphin safe” tuna, more suppliers will be incentivized to change their fishing methods. Unfortunately, this isn’t what actually happens, and the reality is that Friend of the Sea and Earth Island are looking to protect and expand their money making scheme.

What is more interesting is not what Friend of the Sea and Earth Island are going to tell these buyers about canned tuna, but what important facts that they will be leaving out. In this three part blog post we will address some of the issues we’re certain that Friend of the Sea and Earth Island will conveniently omit from the meeting.  Continue reading >

 

 

 

 

NOAA Finally Steps Up to the Plate to Protect Marine Mammals and Fouls Out

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
September 8, 2015

For nearly forty-five years now, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and the Commerce Department have paid lip-service to protecting marine mammals. Since 1972 the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) has prohibited the United States from allowing seafood to enter the country unless it meets U.S. whale and dolphin standards, but for the past 40 years, the federal government has largely ignored the ban, and allowed seafood imports from countries with egregious records when it comes to marine mammals.  Continue reading >

 

 

 

 

FTC: Asleep on the Job

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
September 1, 2015

Over 30 years ago, James C. Miller III, then Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), wrote a letter to Representative John Dingell, Chairman Committee on Energy and Commerce responding to the Committee’s request that the FTC describe their enforcement policies regarding deceptive acts or misleading practices in advertising. The detailed letter outlines exactly what constitutes a deceptive practice and how the consumer is harmed. “The Commission will find deception if there is a representation, omission or practice that is likely to mislead the consumer acting reasonably in the circumstances, to the consumer's detriment.”  Continue reading >