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Chicken of the Sea: Stop Ripping Up the Sea
Our hunger for canned tuna, one of the last remaining wild foods, is sending many species to the brink of extinction. Overfishing runs rampant in all oceans from the Pacific to the Indian Oceans, and countless animals such as sharks, turtles, rays and baby fish of many types are killed every year due to the behavior of the global tuna industry.
Canned tuna is an affordable source of protein that many families depend on. But if companies like Chicken of the Sea don't change the way they're fishing for tuna, we will lose the ocean ecosystems they depend on, and scarcity will cause the price to skyrocket.
The United States is the world's largest market for canned tuna, and we consume more than six million tons of it a year. As such, it is our responsibility to expose the behavior taking place in the shadows of the tuna industry – and Chicken of the Sea is one of the worst offenders.
Chicken of the Sea is directly responsible for a tremendous amount of ocean destruction. Countless sharks, billfish, baby yellowfin tuna, and juvenile bigeye tuna (a species listed as at high risk for extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature ) are killed by their use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) with purse seine nets in the production of "chunk light" tuna. Learn more.
Thousands of turtles, sea birds, sharks, and other animals are slaughtered on indiscriminate conventional longlines in the company's hunt for albacore – or "solid white" – tuna. Learn more.
There is a better way. In other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the large tuna companies have already switched to more sustainable practices. In fact, Thai Union Group – the parent company of Chicken of the Sea – has already agreed to shift to sustainable canned tuna under its UK brand John West, but refuses to do the same here in the United States. Why does Chicken of the Sea feel that American consumers don't deserve access to responsible, ethical tuna products?
Take action and stand with tens of thousands of other concerned consumers demanding that Chicken of the Sea stop ripping up the sea!
"The balance of power between the fishing fleets and tuna has shifted too far in favor of the fleets.”"
- Professor Callum Roberts, University of York