Turtle and Dolphin Safe
Concern over dolphin safe fishing practices first arose in the 1980s when it was discovered that tuna boats off the western coasts of the Americas were killing 130,000 dolphins every year by using dolphin pods as a way to catch tuna (pods and schools of tuna tend to travel together). This led to major reform in the fishing industry in hopes of protecting these beloved ocean dwellers. Today, around 98 percent of the canned tuna sold in grocery stores carries a dolphin safe label, but there is still more work to be done. More recently it was discovered that sea turtles are getting caught in commercial shrimping trawls. Shopping brands that are both dolphin and turtle safe is crucial to keeping these animals safeguarded and preserving our oceans. Here’s more on what turtle and dolphin safe really means.
What Is Turtle and Dolphin Safe?
Dolphin and turtle safe labeling indicates that the brand complies with policies to minimize dolphin and turtle fatalities during fishing and shrimping. Under the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act, a component of the US Marine Mammal Protection Act, brands can adhere to these policies on a voluntary basis. In most cases, a designated observer from the International Dolphin Conservation Program is placed on industrial fishing boats to ensure that no dolphin is harmed during fishing.
Benefits of Turtle and Dolphin Safe
Choosing to shop turtle and dolphin safe means you’re taking an extra step to minimize dolphin and turtle fatalities by encouraging safer, more responsible fishing practices. In addition, helping to protect these species keeps them in abundance, which contributes to the overall health of the ocean’s ecosystem and our planet.
Tips for Shopping Turtle and Dolphin Safe
While it’s certainly a step in the right direction, checking for turtle and dolphin safe labels isn’t always enough to ensure you’re protecting these animals and our oceans. It’s also important to pay close attention to reports from conservation organizations regarding current fishing practices so you can shop accordingly. Your purchasing power can pressure the fishing industry to clean up its act and use the safest sourcing methods possible.
Top Turtle and Dolphin Safe Brands
Stock up on these ocean-friendly brands.
This dolphin-safe brand uses spotters or sonars to help detect when a school of skipjack tuna is swimming by, which has reduced its bycatch to roughly 0.3 percent. The company also uses proprietary technology to test every single fish for mercury to eliminate consumer worries about toxicity.
Packed with key vitamins and minerals, these salmon steaks retain essential omega-3s and are slow-cooked for maximum flavor. Bonus: You get 14 grams of protein per serving!
Our very own Thrive Market line of products offers ethically sourced goods without a major markup. From premium household staples, meat and seafood, wine, cleaning supplies, baby essentials, and body care products, we’ve got your shopping list covered.
This protein-packed pantry staple is sustainably caught without putting dolphins or turtles in danger. Plus, it’s additive-, color-, and preservative-free and delivers 14g of protein per serving.
For over 25 years, this holistic pet line has been keeping your furry friends well cared for with nutrient-packed food, supplements, and herbal grooming supplies—and without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Halo Liv-A-Littles Freeze Dried Raw Wild Salmon, Protein Treats for Dogs & Cats
Meet the perfect snack for both dogs and cats. These freeze-dried chicken treats deliver ample protein and can help with training, or crumble a few pieces over your pet’s dinner for an extra boost.
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