Memo from Earth Island to Dolphin Safe Tuna Companies re: Status of Pacifical and PNA Tuna

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“1.  We would welcome Pacifical as a Dolphin Safe company at the point that the company executes a Dolphin Safe policy with Earth Island Institute on the same terms that all other Dolphin Safe companies must meet. To do otherwise would be unfair to the more than 400 companies around the world that fully comply with our program. Pacifical has not signed a Dolphin Safe policy with Earth Island Institute, although we continue to offer it a chance to do so. Without a signed policy, our monitors cannot verify the tuna as Dolphin Safe, and Pacifical cannot be put on the list of approved tuna supply sources.


2.  A majority of Pacifical is owned by an individual who has withdrawn and renounced the non-encirclement Dolphin-Safe program that is required under US labeling law and forms the basis of Earth Island’s policy. Instead, BrusFoods continues to source tuna from an admitted Dolphin Unsafe tuna company in Colombia. This company, Seatech, regularly catches tuna by the intentional chase and capture of dolphins in the ETP.If Pacifical is owned, operated, or a subsidiary of a company that is engaging in the use of Dolphin Unsafe fishing practices, it cannot be considered a Dolphin Safe company according to our policy provisions that have been in place since 1990…”

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