Woolworths … or we could just stop eating them for a bit?
Kudos to Woolies for their latest attempt at responsible retail, which this time involves selling only tuna which has been individually caught using the Greenpeace-approved pole and line method. This has secured for the Dapper One a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the tough but tasty fish, which Woolies sell in cans under their Fishing for the Future initiative. Only 16% of all tuna caught globally is caught by this method, which ensures that only fish of certain maturity stay on the hook, and which saves the lives of other marine creatures, such as turtles and dolphins, which may be swept up in nets or snagged on long lines. According to Greenpeace, the world’s fishing fleet is 2.5 times too large to be sustainable, so Woolies’ efforts, while commendable, are a drop in the proverbial ocean.
Comment: It is truly excellent, though, that they are taking the trouble.