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Greenpeace Urges Taiwan’s Fleet To Stop FAD Fishing Taiwan, June 11, 13

Greenpeace Taiwan urged consumers on World Oceans Day Saturday to choose seafood caught using sustainable fishing practices in light of dwindling stocks of commonly eaten fish species such as tuna.
The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia are already phasing out canned tuna caught using destructive methods in favor of those fished sustainably, and as a major tuna supplier, Taiwan should join the trend, said Greenpeace spokeswoman Yen Ning.
She also urged the government to review the country’s current scale of fishing operations and more effectively manage and protect its fishing resources.
Catches in waters around Taiwan have fallen 70 percent over the past 30 years, with the number of silver pomfret and golden threadfin bream caught down even more significantly, the group said.
Donggang Township in Pingtung County has also reported reduced catches of highly coveted bluefin tuna, the group said.
The bluefin tuna population in the Pacific has fallen 96.4 percent between 1952 and 2011, according to the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC).
According to the Greenpeace website, the world’s tuna stocks are being threatened by destructive fishing methods involving “purse seining,” which involves setting a large circular wall of net around fish, then “pursing” the bottom together to capture them.
The technique can be highly destructive when the nets are set around floating objects known as Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) placed in the sea, which not only attract adult tuna, but also young bigeye or yellowfin tuna.
The two species are listed as vulnerable and near threatened, respectively, in a 2011 report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), according to the website.