Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall may have had good news to report in his update to his Fish Fight campaign last week, but the fight for tuna isn’t over yet. It’s time to take awareness of the issues further and look beyond British store shelves.
Most supermarkets in the UK have committed to pole and line-caught tuna. Now it is time to ensure there is proper management for fish used as bait. If these smaller fish like sardines and anchovies are not looked after, local fishermen and the marine ecosystem can be placed in serious trouble. Independent, well-trained observers are needed to collect data and detail compliance with conservation measures. Remote monitoring through satellite technology must track vessels in every ocean.
Michael Crispino, vice president, communications & outreach, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation