Join with Greenpeace and help stop overfishing in Kiribati
Kiribati is an Island nation in the Central Pacific Ocean. The people of Kiribati are surrounded by the ocean and rely on the healthy ocean for their survival. Fish is essential to Kiribati for income and employment – but more crucially for this developing state, beset by poverty and the impacts of climate change, fish is essential for food security. Seafood makes up almost one-third of the average Kiribati diet and provides most of the protein. As coral reef ecosystems become less healthy, that diet is increasingly made up of pelagic fish such as tuna.
Unfortunately, the island has now become a magnet for huge commercial fishing operators from Europe, Asia and America. Over 250,000 tonnes of tuna is caught there each year making it the second largest provider of tuna in the world, after Papua New Guinea, but this leaves insufficient fish stocks to sustain local communities.
Kiribati is a nation of sailors and fishermen – yet almost all of that tuna is taken by foreign vessels.
Greenpeace has heard from the locals, such as Katarek, a retired fisherman from Kiribati, who are struggling to survive and provide for their families on the meagre catch that’s left in the wake of the big commercial boats:
“Now we’re not the only fishermen in our ocean. Now, we cannot really survive.” Katarek via Greenpeace
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You can help
Greenpeace are working towards a solution for the people of Kiribati and you can help. They are working closely with members of Kiribati and all Pacific Island countries to help put an end to exploitative overfishing, in favour of fishing that’s more ecologically sustainable, socially responsible and locally-driven.
“Our mission is to change the way commercial fishing is done, right here in the Pacific. And we’ll win too, just as we’ve done before. With your help, we will stay the course until our oceans, and the people who depend on them, have a future again.” – Greenpeace
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