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Princes tuna is 'shark bait'

Greenpeace swoops on Liver Buildings over fishing claims

Published on February 23rd 2011.

Princes tuna is 'shark bait'

THE theme from Jaws was playing and sharks pranced around in front of the Three Graces.No, not another sideshow hopeful left over from the defunct Liverpool Boat Show but a high profile Greenpeace demo against the food company Princes.

The eco-warriors parachuted into the city – and the Liver Buildings – today (Monday) to highlight good fishing practices and bad, particularly where Princes and its tuna is concerned.

Princes, which has its HQ here, might sell more tuna than anyone else in the UK, but it languishes right at the bottom of a Greenpeace UK league table when it comes to environmental fishing credentials.

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall recently gave the company a roasting in his TV show Fish. He and environmentalists slammed Princes for methods of catching fish which endanger all sorts of marine life – not just tuna “but the entire cast of Finding Nemo”.

Greenpeace volunteers this morning hung large fabric “dead sharks” from a balcony over the main entrance of the Liver Building demanding an end to the company’s unsustainable fishing practices.

On the ground, activists, dressed in shark costumes, handed out leaflets to Princes staff as they arrived for work, pointing out the consequences of destructive fishing methods while the Jaws theme serenaded them from inside a giant mock-up Princes tuna tin.

“Killed alongside Princes tuna is almost the entire cast list of Finding Nemo,” said David Ritter, Greenpeace UK oceans campaigner, “including rare sharks as well as other important animals facing extinction in the wild. Princes needs to stop sourcing tuna caught using irresponsible techniques and retailers should stop stocking Princes tuna tins until they do.”

Spokesman Joss Garman added: “We’ve had no response to requests to petitioning and meetings from Princes’ bosses, and we believe this kind of peaceful action as a tried and trusted method works to make companies change their ways.

But Princes, owned by the giant Japanese corporation Mitsubishi said it was disappointed by today's action, having “recently requested a further meeting to discuss a number of additional sustainability commitments we have recently made”.

By this morning, says Greenpeace, more than 75,000 people had already emailed Princes executives through its web sites asking them to stop selling tinned tuna caught by purse-seine fishing vessels using FADs.

FADs, or Fish Aggregation Devices, are man-made objects that attract and then scoop up thousands of sharks, as well as many rays, turtles and sometimes even dolphins along with all the tuna. On average, every time FADs are used, 1kg of these other species are caught for every 9kg of tuna.

Guy N O'LogicalFebruary 21st 2011.

Good for them. Expensive spin and green washing needs exposing.

Whale meaT AGAINFebruary 21st 2011.

It's only a fish

Pauline HowarthFebruary 25th 2011.

Princes & John West should be boycotted!! - personally I now only buy M&S tuna, etc.

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