Just in time for World Ocean’s Day, we have much news to celebrate from our latest seafood report card, “Carting Away the Oceans.” For starters, the top three ranked seafood retailers in the report, Safeway, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, are three of the most popular national grocery chains meaning sustainable seafood options are available all over the country.
But that’s not all!
Even Wal-Mart is now offering an affordable, sustainable tuna option at its 3000 stores nationwide!
Target and Trader Joe’s have both said “buh-bye” to genetically modified salmon, or frankenfish as we call it around the Greenpeace office.
So this Friday, feel good about the progress national retailers have made when it comes to ocean protection. Of course, there is still a lot more work we can do. Join us in ocean protection all over the world!
The devastation wrought by global industrialized fishing continues on a massive scale, and in spite of overwhelming evidence and strong warnings from the scientific community, we continue to plunder our seas. Populations of the ocean’s apex predators – sharks, tuna, swordfish, and similar animals – have dropped by as much as 90 percent. Bycatch remains a scandalous problem: each day, an enormous portion of the world’s total seafood catch is tossed over the sides of fishing boats due to inefficient, indiscriminate fishing methods. The worst of the destructive fishing practices, bottom trawling, is responsible for 80 percent of all bycatch incurred globally.
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Greenpeace’s Carting Away the Oceans report has evaluated supermarket sustainability since 2008, and up until this year no retailer had earned a green rating. This year, for the first time, the CATO report features two retailers that have earned green ratings, vaulting them to the top of the list. Find out who topped the list.