Major supermarket in Australia bans destructive fishing method

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Melbourne, Australia (4E) – A big supermarket company in Australia has pledged to ban destructive fishing practices such as the use of FAD’s.

Coles made this announcement recently which was result of heavy campaign from environmentalists devices.

The devices attract fish, and make them much easier to catch, but it also catches sharks, rays, juvenile tuna and endangered turtles.

In the recent Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in Manila was called a disaster by Greenpeace for protecting to curb overfishing.

Greenpeace meanwhile is calling for marine reserves to be established in four high seas pockets known as the Pacific Commons, and for these to be declared off-limits to fishing.

It is also seeking a ban on the use of FADs in purse seine fisheries and a 50% reduction in the catch of bigeye tuna. Greenpeace is also campaigning for a global network of marine reserves covering 40% of the world’s oceans and for a more sustainable fishing industry.

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