Final major tuna provider drops destructive fishing practices

Australian industry meets a new global milestone

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.