Greenpeace launches Indian Ocean action against Thai Union

Published on
April 18, 2016

The Greenpeace vessel Esperanza has been deployed to take action against Thai Union’s fishing fleet in the Indian Ocean, according to an announcement issued Monday, 18 April. It is the latest move in an ongoing campaign the environmental NGO launched in October 2015.

Activists aboard the Esperanza will document and peacefully oppose what the organization calls “the destructive practices of fishing vessels supplying Thai Union,” Greenpeace said in a press release.

Thai Union sells more than 20 percent of the tuna consumed globally through brands including John West, Chicken of the Sea, Petit Navire, Mareblu and Sealect.

“If Thai Union doesn’t want to stop this dirty tuna coming onto our shelves, then we as a movement are going to do it for them by taking action from sea to shelf,” François Chartier, oceans campaigner at Greenpeace France, said in the release.

The goals of Greenpeace’s campaign against Thai Union include the cessation of the use of fish-aggregating devices (FADs) the elimination of human rights abuses from its global supply chain, according to the NGO’s release.

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