Whale sharks are harmless filter-feeders that can grow to be the size of a school bus and live for more than 70 years. Although exceedingly rare, encounters with these spectacular animals have dazzled divers and underwater photographers around the world.
Unfortunately, some tuna companies are slaughtering these majestic giants... but not until after they turn them into live fishing gear.
Tuna fisherman use whale sharks as fish-aggregating devices (FADs), attaching radio locators to their bodies, allowing them to gather schools of tuna and other fish around them, and then scooping everything up in a net. The whale shark is often caught and released numerous times before it finally dies from the brutal treatment.
The truth is disturbing, but Chicken of the Sea can do something about it. Take action and ask them to make a commitment to not use whale sharks as bait for tuna fishing.
Using whale sharks as fish-aggregating devices (FADs) is unacceptable. Please publish a timely and prompt timeline for a full transition away from FAD-associated purse seine fishing operations and shift to more sustainable catch methods, such as FAD-free purse seines and pole-and-line.
The US market needs a sustainable tuna option. I am asking Chicken of the Sea to step up and take a leadership role.