Oceans campaigners at the Rio+20 Earth Summit have welcomes a ruling that the supermarket giant Intermarché made false claims about sustainable seafood. The French advertising authority told Intermarché they must pull all the offending advertisements relating to deep sea fish.
The final draft conference text on oceans delays action on protecting international waters – just as civil society groups vote it top priority in their session. The United States denies it blocked progress – the High Seas Alliance coalition issues a stern rebuke.
A triple-whammy of rising temperatures, increased acid levels and lack of oxygen is destroying the world’s oceans, according to scientists at the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Experts warn that small island states are being hit especially hard, with impacts on health, food and livelihoods.