Blog: Oceans

8 reasons why John West needs to ditch its dodgy fishing methods

Posted by India Thorogood — 23 October 2015 at 1:50pm - Comments
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John West promised its customers that all of its tuna would come from sustainable fishing methods in 2016. But their bosses are breaking that promise, infact they’ve managed a measly 2%.

Destructive tuna fishing by companies like John West are putting ever more pressure on tuna populations, and damaging all kinds of marine animals - including endangered species - which are needlessly killed in the hunt for the tuna we eat.

Customer outrage over tuna giants John West and Thai Union

Posted by Ariana Densham — 21 October 2015 at 10:56am - Comments
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on John West's broken sustainability promise

Tuna has finally gone mainstream, following the outcry in the media that John West* has broken its sustainability and traceability promises. 

We’ve reached millions of people, from This Morning with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, to The Times front page and countless other newspapers, everyone is outraged by the embarrassing progress John West has made meeting its sustainability promise to customers. 

John West promises transparency but buries links to Thai tuna

Posted by Maeve McClenaghan — 14 October 2015 at 11:47am - Comments
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John West’s claims that its customers can see “exactly where their fish was caught” is deeply misleading - according to a crowdsourced Greenpeace investigation. 

The investigation found tuna cans with “100% traceable” label can’t be traced as John West claims and that the company has been failing to publicise the fact that some of its tuna comes from Thailand- a country notorious for human rights abuses in the fishing industry. 

John West's broken promises

Posted by Ariana Densham — 12 October 2015 at 10:35am - Comments
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It’s only been a few days since our tuna league table exposed John West’s broken promise to only source sustainable tuna, but it’s been making waves everywhere.  We’ve had celebrities like Gillian Anderson coming out in support of the campaign, and were even invited on This Morning with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to talk about how John West’s customers have been duped.

Atlantic low impact fishers demand a fair distribution of fishing rights

Posted by Rukayah Sarumi — 8 October 2015 at 2:19pm - Comments
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Madrid is landlocked, so it wouldn’t be the first place you would expect to find fishers! However, this weekend Madrid was met with the presence of more than 50 low-impact fishermen who came from Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the UK. The meeting was a notable achievement on the cusp of LIFE’s (Low Impact Fishers of Europe) first anniversary.

The 2015 Tuna League Table - How we judged the brands

Posted by Aakash Naik — 7 October 2015 at 5:01pm - Comments

Our 2015 Tuna League Table ranks brands on a wider range of issues

Which tuna brands are worst for people, planet and oceans? Click here to see our Tuna League table

The winners and losers: tinned tuna league table kicks off new campaign to end destructive fishing

Posted by Ariana Densham — 2 October 2015 at 4:29pm - Comments
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John West are failing to meet their commitment to source sustainable tuna

The new Greenpeace tinned tuna league table exposes the wide gulf between UK supermarkets and brands which have taken sustainability seriously and those which have simply broken promises to clean up. Use this to help you decide which brands to buy and which to avoid until they improve. 


For the first time, this league table ranks brands on a wider range of issues. Yes, there’s fishing methods of course, but we’ve also rated them on;

Tuna league table 2015

Posted by alice.hunter — 2 October 2015 at 12:00am - Comments

Big Blue Love for Big Blue Live

Posted by Willie — 21 August 2015 at 2:42pm - Comments

Something amazing is happening in Monterey Bay, California. The bay is a marine sanctuary, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The bay is home to an amazing array of wildlife: everything from cute, cuddly sea otters to prehistoric pelicans, from massive kelp forests to gigantic blue whales. But the big news is that BBC is kindly bringing all of this right into your living room with a massive live TV event called Big Blue Live.

Big win for the Reef: Standard Chartered choses coral over coal!

Posted by sebastianbock — 11 August 2015 at 5:52pm - Comments

What a week! Writing this feels a bit like a deja-vu. Why? Because that’s exactly what we said last week when news broke that Australia’s Federal Court had overturned the approval of one of the world’s biggest coal mining projects. Only to be followed by Australia’s biggest bank calling it quits on the project on the same day.

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