Princes and John West target of Greenpeace campaign
Greenpeace has launched a new campaign against tinned tuna companies Princes and John West after they broke promises to stop using controversial fishing practices.
The campaign group has obtained evidence that both Princes and John West continue to use FADs - Fish Aggregation Devices - to catch tuna, long after they promised not to.
A new video (below) exposes the pratices.
FADs are artificial platforms, made up of floating materials and netting that attract all kinds of marine life. These are then scooped up indiscriminately and the unwanted 'bycatch' - animals like sharks, turtles and rays - are then dumped overboard.
In 2011 a campaign forced the companies to commit to stop using these devices but years on the new footage suggests that this has not yet happened.
According to Greenpeace Princes promised to cut out FADs by the end of this year, but with three months left to go, less than a quarter of their tuna is FAD-Free. John West promised to clean up their tuna by 2016 - but Greenpeace understands that they want to re-write their promise and keep using FADs.
Major supermarkets like Tesco, Morrisons, and Sainsburys have all banned FADs from their own-brand tuna.
Greenpeace are now asking consumers to sign a petition demanding that the companies stop using FAD's.
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