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Latin American Organization for Fisheries Development Joins the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna

March 20, 2013

Latin American Organization for Fisheries Development Joins the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
The organization will be a principle sponsor of the campaign.

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 —The Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna today announced its newest member and principal sponsor, the Latin American Organization for Fisheries Development. The organization, known as OLDEPESCA, will assist the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna as it continues to advocate for a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing and truth-in-labeling. OLDEPESCA joins the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna as the deadline for a U.S. response to last year’s ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) approaches.

It has never been more important to educate consumers about the true nature of current tuna fishing and labeling practices, and the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna is pleased to have OLDEPESCA as partner in this effort. Founded in 1982, OLDEPESCA is made up of the Fisheries Ministers and State Secretaries from the twelve participating nations. The organization coordinates cooperation among the different nations who share the waters of the Western Hemisphere. Members include Belize, Bolivia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

"On behalf of the OLDEPESCA, it is my pleasure to join the cause championed by the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna. We are proud to be a principal sponsor of the Campaign and to aid in the fight to protect our oceans," said Dr. Ángel Alberto Rivera Benavides, Executive Director of the OLDEPESCA.

About the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna
The Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna is an international effort committed to a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing. We advocate for new labeling rules in the United States and around the world to promote an eco-friendly approach to tuna fishing and ensure that consumers are no longer misled about false claims by current “dolphin-safe” labels.

For more information, visit www.ecosafetuna.org. Follow the campaign on Twitter at @ecosafetuna.

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