Activist Toolkit to Boycott Unsustainably Caught Swordfish

How You Can Help Stop the Massacre of Whales, Dolphins, Shark, Sea Turtles & More

A Step-By-Step Guide

Be a part of the urgent campaign to protect ocean wildlife by boycotting unsustainably caught swordfish. Swordfish are amazing animals that use their great speed and agility in the water to catch their prey, but they’re no match for industrial fishing. Swordfish is caught with industrial fishing methods that decimate ocean wildlife in order to be sold as a luxury food. We’re going to stop the slaughter.

Fisheries use billions of hooks and thousands of miles of nets in the ocean to catch swordfish, but they also catch sea turtles, whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife every day. In many cases, these fisheries kill and waste more ocean life than is consumed. Some of these wasted animals are endangered species, such as sperm whales and leatherback sea turtles.

We’re working to change the practices of consumers, restaurants and groceries – to get them to 1) stop all sales/consumption of swordfish, or 2) sell/consume only swordfish caught by fishing methods that do not threaten our ocean ecosystems and wildlife.

This is a step-by-step guide to how you can participate in the boycott. We’re here to support you each step of the way.

Ready to get involved? We hope so.

Please see how to participate below and contact Cassie Burdyshaw at cburdyshaw@seaturtles.org with any questions or to participate further.

Step 1: Don’t eat swordfish that was caught using fishing methods that threaten our ocean ecosystems and wildlife.

The easiest way to make sure that you’re not eating swordfish that was caught using fishing methods that threaten our ocean ecosystems and wildlife is to not eat swordfish at all. If you are going to eat swordfish, don’t eat swordfish that was caught using longlines or drift gillnets. These fishing methods are massacring ocean wildlife unnecessarily. You can learn more about the different methods of swordfish fishing at our website: http://www.seaturtles.org/how-is-your-swordfish-caught/

Step 2: Sign and Share the Pledge not to eat swordfish that threatens our ocean ecosystems and wildlife.

You can sign the pledge on our website: http://action.seaturtles.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22019

Step 3: Let restaurants and groceries know that you don’t want them to sell swordfish that was caught using fishing methods that threaten our ocean ecosystems and wildlife.

Our list of targeted restaurants and groceries is growing all the time, but you can find some restaurants to get started with here. You can let restaurants and groceries know that you don’t want them to sell swordfish that was caught using fishing methods that threaten our ocean ecosystems and wildlife through a variety of actions.

1. Send a letter. You can find a sample letter at our website: http://www.seaturtles.org/sample-letter/

2.Personalizing your letter will encourage managers to pay more attention to your request.

3. Call the restaurant or grocery and voice your opinion. You can find a sample script at our website: http://www.seaturtles.org/telephone-script-for-calling-restaurants/

4. Visit restaurants and markets in person to let them know you prefer to eat and shop at businesses that do not support the destruction of ocean wildlife. You can find a printable consumer card (to take to businesses letting them you support the boycott) on our website:  (Coming soon!)

Step 4: Volunteer in Support of the Boycott.

There are many volunteer opportunities available for you to support the boycott. For more info or to volunteer, please e-mail Dylan Bedortha at dylan@tirn.net For example, you can:

1. Help by adding to our list of restaurants that sell swordfish. Our researchers have found hundreds of restaurants that sell swordfish, but many more need to be added to the list in order for us to reach out to them.

2. Volunteer to be a captain of conservation by leading the boycott effort for your area. You could be in charge of the boycott effort for a particular restaurant, a city or more!

Step 5: Sign up for boycott updates and opportunities to take part in boycott events.

Join our list by e-mailing Dylan Bedortha at dylan@tirn.net If you sign the pledge not to eat swordfish that was caught using fishing methods that threaten our ocean ecosystems and wildlife, you are automatically added to our boycott e-mail list.

Step 6: Spread the word about the swordfish boycott.

First, learn the meaning behind our hashtag #Buoycott, and then follow these easy steps to raise awareness online and in your community.

1. You can check out our social media kit with suggested posts, tweets, etc. on our website. We'll also be adding a guide for contacting your elected representatives through social media, so keep checking back here: http://www.seaturtles.org/social-media-kit/

2. Be a swordfish social media ambassador. You can leave comments and write to the authors of online articles promoting eating swordfish, and contact news outlets asking for coverage. You can find sample comments and letters on our website: http://www.seaturtles.org/responding-to-swordfish-articles/

3. Write a Letter to the Editor in support of the boycott. Read our Guide to Writing a Letter to the Editor for helpful tips and a sample letter.

Step 7: Be a Shareholder Activist.

Several groceries sell swordfish that that was caught using fishing methods that threaten our ocean ecosystems and wildlife, including Ralphs (Kroger), Safeway and Whole Foods (Amazon). If you are a shareholder with any of these companies, you can use your position as a shareholder to influence them to changes their practices. Please contact Dylan Bedortha at dylan@tirn.net to learn more and help with this effort.

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