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Latin Tuna Nations Join Campaign On Misleading “Dolphin Safe” Labels United States, March 29, 13

 


The campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna today announced its newest member and principal sponsor, the Latin American Organization for Fisheries Development. The campaign which wants to promote an eco-friendly approach to tuna fishing and ensure that consumers are no longer misled about false claims by current “dolphin-safe” labels, now will have major tuna processing nations like Ecuador and Mexico as it supporters.
The organization, known as OLDEPESCA, will assist the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna as it continues to advocate for a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing and truth-in-labeling. OLDEPESCA joins the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna as the deadline for a US response to last year’s ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) approaches.
Founded in 1982, OLDEPESCA is made up of the Fisheries Ministers and State Secretaries from the twelve participating nations. The organization coordinates cooperation among the different nations who share the waters of the Western Hemisphere. Members include important tuna fishing and processing nations, such as Ecuador and Mexico, but also Belize, Bolivia, Cuba, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
“On behalf of the OLDEPESCA, it is my pleasure to join the cause championed by the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna. We are proud to be a principal sponsor of the Campaign and to aid in the fight to protect our oceans,” said Dr Ángel Alberto Rivera Benavides, Executive Director of the OLDEPESCA.
The Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna is an international effort committed to a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing. It advocates for new labeling rules in the United States and around the world to promote an eco-friendly approach to tuna and an end to misleading “Dolphin safe” claims. On their website www.ecosafetuna.org the organization mentions that “Dolphin safe” must be safe to all marine life.