Korean company Dongwon, who owns tuna company Starkist, uses some of the most destructive fishing practices in the world causing needless death of countless sea turtles, sharks and juvenile fish of endangered tuna species.
Greenpeace boats took to the Allegheny River in front of the StarKist headquarters, to protest at the companies’ involvement in ocean destruction. A few hours before first pitch at PNC park, the activists launched a banner from one of their two boats, which read “StarKist: Don’t wreck our oceans”.
“StarKist uses destructive fishing methods to catch tuna, which kill sea turtles, sharks, rays and other incredible animals in the process,” said James Mitchell, Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner. “StarKist is one of the three biggest tuna brands in America, based right here in Pittsburgh. It should be leading the way by offering sustainable, affordable tuna, not destroying our oceans.”
Safeway, Whole Foods and even Walmart offer some more sustainable tuna options, caught using methods that avoid killing other species in the process, and leaving enough tuna in the ocean to keep populations healthy.
“Pittsburgh is known for its Pirates,” said Mitchell. “But what people might not realize is that the real ocean plunderers, StarKist, are based right here on the shores of the Allegheny. We encourage everyone who reads this to call or email StarKist and demand more sustainable tuna products.”