Thursday, November 17, 2011

The video the tuna industry doesn’t want you to see

The video the tuna industry doesn’t want you to see
Blogpost by Sari Tolvanen - November 17, 2011 at 12:34

For over a decade, I’ve been working around the world to protect the oceans and for the last five years, I’ve been focused on protecting the Pacific. The world’s largest ocean, the Pacific is home to nearly 70% of the world’s tuna. We’ve all eaten tuna but unfortunately we rarely stop to think where it comes from. I’ve been very luck to visit many of the Pacific Islands through whose waters the Pacific tuna travel and I’ve met the people whose futures are now hanging in the balance. You see, in a few short decades we’ve managed to plunder our oceans of so many fish with aggressive fishing boats travelling farther and farther to catch fewer and fewer fish. This is especially true in the Pacific. The fishing gears used in the Pacific are so wasteful that all too often, they bring up all sorts of ocean life with the tuna.     

We are also working with the Pacific Island governments to empower them to regain control over their water and their tuna. Tuna is key to the Pacific region’s economic prosperity and food security. No fish means no future for them. We need governments to back important conservation measures proposed by the island nations at this year’s Pacific tuna commission meeting, taking place in Palau in December. We will be there to give voice to the people who need tuna to survive and thrive and give them a chance to protect the Pacific for their children, not just the narrow tuna industry lobby. Also, in the Pacific Ocean itself, Esperanza and her crew are engaged in the Defending our Pacific tour, confronting wasteful overfishing, taking action and advocating for the solutions to keep the Pacific tuna around forever.

So, please share this video with everyone you know, tell them to demand responsibly-caught tuna, ask your retailers and tuna brands to support the Pacific people who need tuna for food and for jobs. Only if we change the way we fish and set aside more areas of oceans as marine reserves - wildlife parks at sea - can we deliver our children and grandchildren the tuna-rich future of healthy oceans that they deserve.

Sari “Blondfin” Tolvanen is an oceans campaigner leading Greenpeace’s work to rescue the Pacific Ocean. She is based in Greenpeace International’s Amsterdam office.