Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bumble Bee Foods: Protect sharks and ensure your tuna is legal and sustainable

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Sarah Rasmussen of Greenpeace, and I started a petition to Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, which says:

Millions of sharks are killed by tuna vessels every year--as bycatch or from illegal shark finning practices.

Major companies like Bumble Bee have a responsibility to ensure that their products do not come with the hidden cost of millions of dead sharks.

Millions of sharks are killed every year only for their fins. Policies banning shark finning, including the guidelines of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), are not enough. 

Unless Bumble Bee Foods can publicly prove that all aspects of its supply chain, including the independent vessels that it buys fish from, are not finning sharks, those guidelines become meaningless. 

Bumble Bee Foods: Protect sharks and ensure your tuna is legal and sustainable.

I am requesting that Bumble Bee take the following steps to ensure its tuna is legal and sustainable: 

(1) Stop relying on wire leaders—which are unnecessary for catching tuna but ensure high rates of shark bycatch—and stop using transshipment at sea, which allows tuna boats to hide illegal practices. Bumble Bee must take steps to ensure that its tuna is not caught at the expense of dwindling shark populations.

(2) Provide living wages for fishermen. 

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Sarah Rasmussen

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