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Help Prevent Weakening Of The "Dolphin Safe" Tuna Label!

Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans will be making a critical decision this year on whether or not to weaken the standards for the "Dolphin Safe" tuna label.

Tuna fishermen in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP) target dolphins because tuna and dolphins form mixed schools. Since the late 1950's, the tuna fishery has killed more than 7 million dolphins. However, since 1990 and the advent of the "Dolphin Safe" tuna program, dolphin deaths have decreased by 97% in the ETP.

The "Dolphin Safe" tuna label has saved the lives of thousands of dolphins. The "Dolphin Safe" label now prohibits use of any tuna caught by chasing and netting of dolphins by fishermen (e.g. non-encirclement of dolphins).

However, politically connected tuna millionaires in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela teamed up with free-trade advocates in the Bush Administration to undercut U.S. dolphin protection laws and open U.S. markets to dolphin-deadly tuna.

The Secretary's finding on the "Dolphin Safe" label is supposed to be based on science, but the politics of trade is winning out over the lives of dolphins.


Write a letter to Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans:

  • Tell him not to weaken the standards for the "Dolphin Safe" tuna label.
  • Dolphins should not be chased and netted to catch tuna; there are alternative fishing methods that do no harm to dolphins.
  • Tell him you will not buy tuna caught by chasing and netting dolphins.
  • Tell him scientists have shown that chasing and netting dolphins causes significant adverse impacts on dolphin populations, including preventing their recovery from depletion and separating dependent calves from their mothers.
  • Ask him to add your letter to the Official Decision Record.


    The Hon. Donald Evans
    Secretary of Commerce
    US Department of Commerce
    14th Street and Constitution Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20230

    (No Deadline for Comments)

    Send a copy to:

    Regional Administrator, Southwest Region
    National Marine Fisheries Service
    501 Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200
    Long Beach, CA 90802-4213
    Fax: (562) 980-4027

    (Deadline for Comments to Regional Administrator: 4/16/02)

    For further information, contact Earth Island Institute, International
    Marine Mammal Project, 300 Broadway, Suite 28,
    San Francisco, CA 94133;
    Voice: (415) 788-3666;
    Fax: (415) 788-7324