Jul 12, 2017

John West owners to improve tuna fishing methods

Thai Union, which owns the John West tuna brand, said it will improve its fishing practices in the wake of a global campaign by Greenpeace. It plans to reduce tuna fishing methods that harm wildlife and catch sharks, turtles and young fish accidentally. "Thiraphong Chansiri, chief executive of Thai Union, said:"Thai Union has fully embraced its role as a leader for positive change as one of the largest seafood companies in the world. The news comes two years after Greenpeace accused John West of continuing to use harmful "Fish aggregation devices" to catch 98% of its tuna, despite a sustainability pledge to consumers. Trans-shipping involves catches being moved to other boats from fishing vessels, which then can stay at sea for months or even years at a time, raising the threat of human rights or labour abuses.

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