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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 >





Earth Friendly Fisheries

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
March 20, 2014

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.  Continue reading >





We Need a Sustainable Solution

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
March 12, 2014

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.  Continue reading >





Beautiful, Brave, and Now Eco-Safe

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
March 5, 2014

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. In particular, fishing vessels operating in Costa Rican waters will now be required to prove they are not using fish aggregating devices (FADs) to catch tuna.  Continue reading >





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