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Greenpeace to Protect Pacific Ocean Life

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Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization present in 40 countries across Europe, the USA, Asia, Africa and the Pacific, passionate about ensuring a peaceful and stable world for future generations. This is done by catalyzing an energy revolution to address the climate change; protecting the world’s ancient forests; campaigning for sustainable agriculture; and defending the oceans by challenging destructive fishing and creating a global network of marine reserves.

Today Greenpeace is calling on Taiwan to center attention on the plight of the last tuna stocks and urge the Taiwanese government to support the attempts of the Pacific Island countries to better manage the tuna populations, which is one of the largest, supplying roughly 60% of the world’s tuna. As scientists have warned, the Pacific bigeye and yellowfish tuna stocks are in sharp decline because of legal and illegal overfishing and the long-line fleets.

On Friday, Greenpeace East Asia oceans campaigner Yufen Kao received a non-guilty verdict in the Taiwanese court on charges of aggravated verbal attack brought by the shipping company Chang Soon, owner of the fish carrier ship MV Lung Yuin. According to Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency the vessel’s owners had not registered their ‘flag of convenience’ (FOC) operations in Taiwan as required by the country’s law.

Sari Tolvanen, another Greenpeace International oceans campaigner mentioned that what Taiwan must do next is to make changes in its policies; and in case it’s not done, the Taiwanese fishing industry will not only fish out tuna, but will also fish itself out of existence.

‘Our oceans are in need of ambitious and effective conservation measures,’ says Greenpeace; ‘Consumers and corporate seafood buyers need to reject unsustainable tuna products coming from these shady industrial fishing operations in the Pacific. And it’s time for governments to act and get down to the business of sustainable tuna fishing.’ And this is just the beginning of their work in Taiwan and East Asia.

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