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Dolphin Safe Fishing

The Problem  

For decades, dolphins in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean were intentionally chased and netted by tuna fishermen to catch the tuna that swim beneath dolphin schools. More than seven million dolphins were killed by the purse-seine tuna fleets, the largest killing of marine mammals in history.

Our Action Campaign 

In 1988, we provided the world with the first video footage of dolphins dying in tuna nets. In 1990, we established the Dolphin Safe tuna program, setting the worldwide standards to stop the setting of nets on dolphins. More than 95 percent of the world’s tuna companies are now committed to Dolphin Safe fishing practices, and the Dolphin Safe label is now on canned tuna in markets throughout the world. We maintain the International Dolphin Safe Monitoring Program, with monitors around the world covering more than 750 companies, to ensure that tuna is caught without chasing or netting of dolphins. Dolphin deaths in tuna nets have declined by 99 percent.

Current Challenges  

Mexican, Venezuelan, and Colombian tuna fleets continue to chase, net, and drown thousands of dolphins annually. Mexico is fighting to overturn the Dolphin Safe tuna label, going to the World Trade Organization and the U.S. Congress to change U.S. laws so they can falsely label their tuna—stained by the blood of dolphins—as Dolphin Safe. Earth Island Institute is fighting to prevent that from happening. Earth Island Istitute is also active in stopping bycatch of non-target species in tuna nets and in stopping fishermen from killing dolphins for shark bait.

EXPOSED: Walmart Selling Dolphin-Deadly Tuna

EXPOSED: Walmart Selling Dolphin-Deadly Tuna

Our International Marine Mammal Project investigators have revealed that in Costa Rica and other Latin American stores, Walmart is selling its own Mexico-sourced brand of tuna, labeled Suli, that is caught by chasing, netting, injuring and killing thousands of dolphins annually. 

Take action by sharing our campaign and sending a letter to Walmart Executives! 

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Walmart: Deja De Matar Delfines!

Walmart: Deja De Matar Delfines!


Nuestros investigadores han revelado que en Costa Rica y otras tiendas de América Latina, Walmart está vendiendo su propia marca de atún etiquetados Suli, un producto de México, capturado acechando, enmallado, hiriendo y matando a miles de delfines al año.

Usted puede ayudar a detener la venta de atún capturado matando delfines y ofrecido en las tiendas Walmart, Palí, Maxipalí, Mas X Menos, de Costa Rica mandando una carta a los ejecutivos.

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CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS

Approved Dolphin Safe Tuna Processing and Fishing Companies

Approved Dolphin Safe Tuna Processing and Fishing Companies

Check here for the latest approved Dolphin Safe companies, updated monthly.

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Saving Dolphins From Tuna Fishing Nets

Saving Dolphins From Tuna Fishing Nets

Click here to send a letter to Walmart Executives demanding they stop selling dolphin-deadly tuna!

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Approved Dolphin Safe Importers, Brokers, and Retailers

Approved Dolphin Safe Importers, Brokers, and Retailers

Check here for the latest approved Dolphin Safe importers, brokers, and retailers.

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