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What’s the Catch? How FADs are Decimating Marine Ecosystems

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
January 12, 2016

A recent report from the PEW Charitable Trusts finds that the exploitation of drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs) to catch tuna is on the rise, with FAD development more than doubled since 2006 in the Pacific Ocean alone. From 2011 to 2013, the estimated number FADs deployed worldwide grew from as many as 105,000 to as many as 121,000 – a 14 percent increase in only two years.  Continue reading >





One Night in Bangkok - Part III: Baht Actors: Friend of the Sea and Earth Island Institute

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
December 9, 2015

This past November, Friend of the Sea and Dolphin-Safe (aka Earth Island Institute) hosted a meeting in Bangkok with the Thai Tuna Industry Association to reach out to retail and catering buyers. The purpose of this meeting was 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 consumer deception scheme.

What is more interesting is not what Friend of the Sea and Earth Island told the buyers about canned tuna, but what important facts that they left out. In this last installment of the three part blog post we will address the money behind so-called “dolphin-safe” labeling.  Continue reading >





What the WTO Ruling Means

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
December 3, 2015

Two weeks ago we received the most excellent news that the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body found in favor of Mexico for the fourth and final time. We thought our readers might be interested in the nitty gritty of what this ruling means.  Continue reading >





Legitimacy of Dolphin Safe Label Gutted and Filleted by the WTO. Bon Appétit!

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
November 23, 2015

On Friday, the WTO issued their final decision in the long running trade dispute between Mexico and the United States regarding the use of dolphin-safe labels in the U.S. marketplace. The Appellate Body, the final word on this case, has agreed with Mexico’s claims that the United States has failed for years to comply with the 2011 ruling of the Appellate Body.

This victory for Mexico proves that measurable harm has occurred and once and for all that the so-called “dolphin-safe” label in the United States is a fraud. Read the press release below for all the details.
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Traceability: The Key to Healthy Fisheries, Strong Ecosystems and Responsible Fishing Practices

by Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
November 19, 2015

Last month, an article featured in the respected Journal of the International Council of Trade and Sustainable Development, Bridges Trade BioRes, hit hard on why traceability is key to the U.S./Mexico World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes, how the lack of traceability requirements hinder true dolphin-safe efforts and in the end, how those false labeling schemes devastate entire ecosystems.  Continue reading >





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