Australia's tuna companies are now among "the most responsible in the world" after a final major supplier yielded to public pressure and put an end to its 'destructive' fishing practices.
Tuna producer Greenseas announced it will stop using fish aggregating devices
(FAD) when sourcing their tuna following backlash from the Australian public.
FADs are a floating ocean lure that often
leads to baby tuna, other fish, sharks, sea turtles and more being "tossed
back into the ocean dead or dying".
Greenseas initially committed to stop using FADs five years ago, but it
took a damning report, a meeting with Woolworths and tens-of-thousands
of emails to prompt the tuna supplier into action.
More than 18,000 people inundated Woolworths with emails urging them to
drop Greenseas tuna after the Greenpeace 2017 Canned Tuna Guide found the
company's suppliers had the worst fishing practices in the industry.
Woolworths responded by scheduling an 'emergency' meeting with the tuna
brand's owner, Kraft Heinz, in an effort to address its fishing practices.
The move was welcomed by environmental group Greenpeace, which petitioned
against the use of FADs for seven years.
"These devices are indiscriminate killers of sea life...and we welcome
Greenseas' immediate commitment to stop using them," says Greenpeace
campaigner Andrew Kelly.
"This commitment means...every major brand has reformed and our tuna
companies are now among the most responsible in the world."
The environmental group says it will be working with Woolworths to make
sure Greenseas upholds its commitment.