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On Thursday we asked you to help get the attention of 3 key supermarkets, and ask them what their prawns are eating. We want them to use their buying power to make the prawn industry and fisheries in Thailand more sustainable, legal, and better managed.
Together, you’ve sent almost 40,000 tweets to the supermarkets! And it worked – all three of them have responded publicly
It’s great that the supermarkets are saying they are tackling the trashfish problem. We'll be following up with them and will update you in our next programme later this year.
Great work Fish Fighters!
Tesco responded to many of us on Twitter. Their full statement said:
“We are committed to ensuring sustainability across our supply chain. We source 100% pole and line own-brand canned tuna, promote alternative British species on our fresh fish counters and were the first supermarket to introduce long-term contracts for our dairy and livestock farmers, welcomed by the NFU.
Reducing reliance on fishmeal is a complex industry-wide issue but we’re actively looking at how best to tackle it. We’re working with our largest prawn supplier in Thailand on developing trials which limit the use of fishmeal and we have set up a working group on fishmeal involving other major UK supermarkets.
We also work with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership who independently audit the sustainability of our fisheries"
Morrisons have said they are planning projects to improve fisheries in Thailand and Vietnam and that they "believe that it is better to work with the supply chain to resolve problems than to walk away". We agree!
And the Cooperative said on Facebook that only ‘responsibly-sourced fish feed from accredited sources will be used for new supplies due in store this spring/summer’.