Each year the canned tuna industry kills thousands of sharks, rays, turtles and seabirds. Now that's a dirty little secret. Greenpeace is launching a new campaign to get the canned tuna industry to clean up its act and end its destructive ways. To kick things off we've teamed up with Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Mark Fiore on this video.
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Canned tuna is the most commonly eaten fish in America. Unfortunately, our hunger for canned tuna, one of the last remaining wild foods, is sending many species to the brink of extinction. The tuna industry uses fish aggregation devices (FADs) along with purse seine nets, which are amongst the most environmentally destructive and wasteful forms of fishing. This type of fishing kills indiscriminately – sharks, billfish, and many other species are scooped up then tossed away as waste. Almost a quarter of the catch is baby tuna that ends up in your can. Longlines, used to catch albacore (or “white” tuna), kill thousands and thousands of sea birds, turtles, and other animals every year.
More selective methods of fishing already exist that would save countless marine animals and ensure fish for the future. The wastefulness of bycatch produced by the canned tuna industry begs the question: Is canned tuna really cheap? What is the true cost of tuna?
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