- The UK is the second biggest tuna market in the world, consuming 700 million tins in 2006.
- There are twenty-three tuna populations in the world, and nine are fully fished, four are over-exploited, three are critically endangered, three merely endangered, and three are vulnerable to extinction.
- 90% of the global population of predatory fish (like tuna and shark) has already been wiped out.
- The use of long lines in the Pacific is one of the factors behind a 95% loss of leatherback turtles over the last three decades.
- Between half a million and 1.4 million sharks die on long lines in the Western Pacific alone.
- For every thousand tonnes of tuna caught in so-called Fish Aggregation Devices, one hundred and eleven thousand other animals were caught, including sharks, rays, marlins and sea turtles.
Don't eat tuna.
There's no excuse. Greenpeace have done a report (1.7Mb pdf) on Britain's tuna-eating habits, and it's truly appalling.
I never understood the "but it's dolphin-friendly" argument when tuna themselves are so endangered. I may be a smug vegetarian, but surely, my meat-eating friends, there have to be some limits? Would you eat a rhino? A polar bear? A mountain gorilla?
The report's key findings include: