Chicken of the Sea: Destructive Fishing and Outsourcing US Jobs

by chris eaton

September 20, 2011

Watch US Congressman for American Samoa Eni Faleomavaeg’s discuss the destruction of the ocean and outsourcing of jobs by tuna industry giant Chicken of the Sea.

Just last week, Greenpeace’s ship the Esperanza was in American Samoa for its 2011 Defending the Pacific Tour. The US Congressman and Representative of American Samoa, Eni Faleomavaega, issued a warm welcome to us, highlighting the destruction that has been visited upon these waters and upon local communities by Chicken of the Sea’s irresponsible fishing habits and the outsourcing of tuna industry jobs.

Chicken of the Sea leadership needs to know we’re aware of the reality of what the company has done and of the destruction that it continues to perpetrate. We can do just that by sharing this video far and wide:

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In the video, Congressman Faleomavaega stresses the need to solve three critical problems transshipping; illegal, unregulated and unreported (aka IUU, or “pirate”) fishing ; and the use of FADs. He also implores the tuna industry to change their ways if we are to safeguard tuna, and tuna industry jobs, for future generations.

To the same end Greenpeace recently paid a visit to Chicken of the Sea’s headquarters in San Diego to personally deliver nearly 60,000 of your letters from all over the country asking the company to clean up its act by ending the use of Fish Aggregating Devices and longlining.

In the UK, every major tuna brand has made a commitment to responsible fishing, such as pole and line fishing and FAD free purse-seine nets. It’s time Chicken of the Sea do the same.

By chris eaton

chris is the Senior Digital Campaigns Manager at Greenpeace USA. He's passionate about building movements and connecting change makers through digital storytelling. Follow him on Twitter at @chr15_eat0n.

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