Whoever thought they could surpass Greenpeace’s radar, was very wrong. For the first time, they are checking what’s in the tuna tins in Aldi, Lidl, Ocado, Iceland, Budgens and Booths. These join a growing list of supermarkets they’ve surveyed about the tuna they use in their tins, and how it’s caught.
A new campaign currently commences. They’re trying to rid the UK market of tuna caught in an unsustainable way – for good. The main method uses a huge net called a ‘purse seine’ to encircle the tuna. This net often covers an area the size of a football pitch, or more. It is set around a floating raft known as a fish aggregation device out in the open ocean. These rafts are used because they attract the tuna.
The drawback is that these floating rafts also attract other marine species such as sharks, turtles, rays and even whales or dolphins as well as baby tuna. No matter. The whole lot is simply taken out of the water and usually dies. The combination of purse seines set around floating rafts, are death traps for marine creatures (some of which are endangered).
They’ve already checked Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, the Co-operative, Tesco and Asda in previous tuna league tables. Now we’ll be scrutinizing what’s on the shelves in the discounters and other retailers. Greenpeace protesters and supporters all around the country will be examining out the tins in their local supermarket for us. They’ll be reporting back what they find, so that we can build up a picture of where the remaining unsustainable brands are being sold. It’ll also help verify what the retailers are themselves telling us.
Our oceans are in crisis from overfishing, pollution and climate change. People power has the ability to do something about this – as we’ve seen most recently with Tesco and Oriental & Pacific tuna. The public in the UK and around the world have been doing their part, by telling their supermarkets that they will not accept the needless death of other marine creatures, just to stock their cupboards with cheap tins of tuna. It’s clear that unsustainable tuna has no place on supermarket shelves any longer.