For years, the seafood industry has operated out of sight, and for many people, out of mind. Companies have profited off of slave labor, human rights abuses, overfishing of our oceans and the needless slaughter of marine animals.
Thai Union, the world’s largest tuna company and owner of Chicken of the Sea, has historically been one of the worst offenders. It has been implicated in human rights investigations by the Associated Press, the New York Times and Greenpeace. Its supply vessels have used the most destructive and indiscriminate fishing methods, and the company has refused to take meaningful action to change—until now.
This month, Thai Union committed to far-reaching reforms that will help clean up its seafood supply chains, beginning immediately. It has agreed to measures that will improve traceability from sea to plate, increase support for more sustainable fisheries, strengthen labor standards for all vessels supplying the company, significantly scale back destructive fishing methods, and extend a global moratorium on transshipment at sea—the process of moving fish from one vessel to another often associated with illegal fishing and labor abuse—if suppliers fail to meet strict standards.
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