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Taiwan’s fisheries plagued by human rights abuses and shark finning - Greenpeace investigation

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14 April, 2016

A year-long Greenpeace East Asia investigation into Taiwan’s distant water tuna fisheries has exposed illegal shark finning, labour and human rights abuses, as well as Taiwan’s failure to adequately address issues such as murder and drug-smuggling at sea.

The findings released today in a Greenpeace East Asia report come as a yellow card warning from the European Commission is about to expire. Issued on 1 October 2015, Taiwan was given six months to clean up its fisheries or face economic sanction by the EU.

Cheap seafood costs too much in human suffering

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Children and teenagers sit together to be registered by officials during a raid on a shrimp shed in Samut Sakhon, Thailand.

About 8 years ago, I had the joy of doing a live news interview from a fish processing factory in Grimsby. Being in a fish processing factory in Grimsby was fine, it was wearing a hair net on national TV that wasn’t.

The story being discussed was seafood brand Young’s decision to ship UK-caught shrimp all the way to Thailand and back, a move that was ‘better’ in terms of CO2 emissions, and cheaper for consumers.

But what price do we pay for cheap seafood?

Nestle speaks out on human rights abuses in Thai seafood supply chain

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26 November, 2015

In response to Nestle’s recent report which found evidence of human rights abuses and forced labour in its Thai seafood supply chains, Greenpeace’s Oceans Campaigner, Ariana Densham, said:

“Nestle is to be commended for taking the pretty remarkable step of speaking out publicly on labour and human rights abuses in its own seafood supply chain in Thailand.

Greenpeace investigation reveals new incidents of forced labour on Thai-operated vessels

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4 November, 2015
Bangkok, 4 November 2015 – John West owner, Thai Union Group, has not done enough to alleviate concerns over human rights abuses in the company’s tuna supply chain despite recent media scrutiny of its business operations, according to a Greenpeace investigation.

The report features new interviews with survivors of trafficking and forced labour in Indonesia who faced abuse and food deprivation on Thai-operated fishing vessels. These ships transferred their tuna and other fish to a Thai carrier vessel, Marine One, which is owned by Thailand’s Silver Sea Line Co. Ltd – the same company implicated in a recent Associated Press investigation for transporting seafood caught using forced labour to a Thai Union supplier.

Customer outrage over tuna giants John West and Thai Union

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on John West's broken sustainability promise

Tuna has finally gone mainstream, following the outcry in the media that John West* has broken its sustainability and traceability promises. 

We’ve reached millions of people, from This Morning with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, to The Times front page and countless other newspapers, everyone is outraged by the embarrassing progress John West has made meeting its sustainability promise to customers. 

John West: another broken promise

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14 October, 2015

**Update: John West has now amended its website to include Thailand in the menu of its can tracker, but the option does not allow customers to track the can, but instead asks them to email John West for further details.**

- Greenpeace investigation finds tuna cans with “100% traceable” label can’t be traced as John West claims

- In addition, thousands of John West tuna products in supermarkets found to come from Thailand – a country which is not an option in the company’s Can Tracker tool

- John West has responsibility to show customers full transparency, especially given international concerns over Thai fishing industry – which include environmental destruction and human rights abuses

- Greenpeace says John West must call on owners Thai Union to guarantee its supply chain is free from human rights abuses and destructive fishing practices

A Greenpeace investigation has laid bare John West’s empty promise over the “traceability” of its tuna.

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The price of oil: Shell in the Niger Delta

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UN confirmed that Shell's oil spills could take 30 years to clean up
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UN confirmed that Shell's oil spills could take 30 years to clean up

A guest blog from Ben Amunwa, campaigner with oil industry watchdog Platform

This time last year I was standing in a vast pool of oily water. It used to be a fish pond for local villagers, but now everywhere was coated with oil and the stench of petroleum was overpowering. A light rain was falling.

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