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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
Greenpeace warns retailers over "stolen" tuna
Greenpeace today warned European supermarkets that they may be selling tuna stolen from the Pacific Ocean.
The conservation grouping alleged that products from the companies Albacora, Calvopesca, Nirsa and Conservas Garavilla, cannot be trusted given that seven of eleven recently recorded illegal fishing incidents are directly linked to these tuna giants.
The companies sell tuna under the names Campos, Isabel, Garavilla, Atun Real, and Calvo and private supermarket brands, and can be found in most European countries including Spain, Italy, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and France.
Spanish fishing companies are selling stolen tuna to European supermarkets. Consumers have no idea that the tuna they buy may have been robbed from some of the worlds poorest communities, claimed Sari Tolvanen, Greenpeace International Oceans Campaigner.
In order to avoid being complicit in illegal fishing, supermarkets need to avoid products from these companies, and ensure that all seafood they sell can be traced to sustainable and legal sources.
Pirate fishing is a lucrative business, worth up to 6.5 billion euros a year globally. Depleted high value fish stocks, such as tuna and cod are particularly vulnerable, Greenpeace contends. As tuna stocks decline across the world, the tuna industry and pirates are moving further into the Western and Central Pacific.
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