John West Supplier Using Indiscriminate and Destructive Fishing Devices

Greenpeace UK have just released a video showing a destructive fishing device used by one of John West’s suppliers. The ship Esperanza found the “FAD” (Fish Aggregation Device) had been deployed by a French-flagged ship in the Indian Ocean, and that fish caught by this vessel had been packaged and sold by John West as well as French company Petit Navire.

FADs are used to attract fish to a location; these fish are then scooped up in huge nets. The target species is often tuna but many other species are also trapped and die in the nets, including silky sharks (classified as near threatened by the IUCN), whitetip shark (vulnerable), mako sharks (vulnerable) and the galapagos shark (near threatened). However, it is not just these sharks that get caught up in the catch Рany animal that is unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity of the FAD will get scooped up.

Read more here.

We Are The Monsters

Greenpeace New Zealand loved 8 year old Hector’s homemade anti-shark finning video so much that they asked for permission to use it in their campaign against shark finning.

Hector Danilo made his video – simply titled Hector on Shark Finning – after preparing for a speech he had to give at school. All the facts and figures were researched by Hector, with his older brother Felix helping out on cameraman duties.

New Zealand is one of a shrinking number of countries that still allow shark finning. If you live in New Zealand visit the New Zealand Shark Alliance to find out more about how you can demand a ban on shark finning in your country’s waters. You can also sign a petition to ban shark finning in New Zealand’s waters.