Bumble Bee Foods Joins GGGI
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, North America’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood company, has joined the GGGI, in a drive to reduce abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear in our oceans. Bumble Bee’s participation in the GGGI reflects the company’s commitment to promote the responsible stewardship of global fisheries resources. Bumble Bee joins fellow seafood industry leaders signalling a growing groundswell of action in the fishing industry to reduce ghost gear.
By committing to help solve the ghost gear problem through its GGGI participation, Bumble Bee shows that it is committed to work with us to reduce, remove, and recycle ghost gear, as part of a much-needed collective movement. Their support is urgently needed so that our oceans can sustain marine life and ecosystems while also safeguarding human health and livelihoods.
“Sustainability has always been at the very core of our business at Bumble Bee and we’re pleased to see so many leaders in the industry committed to affecting change that will preserve precious natural resources for generations to come through responsible, sustainable fishing practices and global resource management,” said Dave Melbourne, Bumble Bee Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility. “As the world’s population grows over time, it’s a priority for the entire seafood industry to work as one to ensure our oceans are preserved for future generations.”
Ghost gear contributes to a vast range of ecological and socioeconomic problems. It washes up on beaches, severely impacts reef environments, poses a threat to navigation, negatively affects global fish stock levels, harms marine animals and is a significant cause of loss of other fishing gear in use. Ghost gear also costs governments and marine industries hundreds of thousands of dollars every year in clean-up expenses and lost fishing time.
It’s incumbent on all of us who rely on the oceans - from fishing industry leaders like Bumble Bee to NGOs to governments and scientists – to collaborate to solve the ghost gear crisis. The GGGI continues to pilot innovative solutions around the world, and we look forward to working with Bumble Bee to increase their reach and scale.