Sustainable Seafood Markets

A pile of freshly caught fish on-board the 'Reiderland'. This German pair trawler is bottom trawling for North Sea Cod. © Greenpeace / Christian Aslund

Greenpeace targets supermarkets across the country in an effort to convince them to stop selling Redlist seafood—the most destructively fished or farmed species—and develop policies for greener seafood. As the middlemen between the oceans and the consumer, supermarkets play a pivotal role in the destruction of our oceans and have an opportunity to protect them.

Each of the 21 species on Greenpeace’s Redlist is there because it meets a strict set of criteria that evaluate stock status, species vulnerability and the environmental impacts of fishing methods. There are different sets of criteria for farmed and wild species. 

Marine ecosystems have suffered a terrible toll from decades of industrial fishing. About three-quarters of global fish stocks are fished at capacity or overfished. Ninety per cent of large, predatory species have disappeared. In Canada, cod has all but vanished. To ensure oceans recover and fish are sustained, overfishing and other destructive practices must end. 

How Greenpeace works to ensure fish for the future

Challenging the marketplace: Our supermarket campaign takes direct action at Canadian grocery chains to convince them to stop selling Redlist fish and improve seafood labelling. To track progress, Greenpeace produces an annual ranking of Canada’s supermarkets.

  • Working with retailers: Greenpeace works with supermarkets to help them create more sustainable seafood procurement policies and push for more sustainable fisheries and better certification.
  • Informing consumers: We reach out to consumers through our actions, and invite them to educate themselves by reading our ranking and other materials.
  • Pressuring the government: We lobby federal politicians to demand responsible fisheries management and to create no-take areas in marine reserves. Greenpeace is part of a coalition that has sued the Canadian government for stronger regulations to protect our marine species at risk.

The latest updates

 

More bad news for B.C.’s orcas

Blog entry by Sarah King | January 20, 2009 2 comments

As if it couldn’t get any worse with the poor southern resident orcas going into winter pretty well starving, but now we find out that the food they are eating is slowly poisoning them. According to a new study in the journal...

Ocean monuments? Thank you, George Bush

Feature story | January 5, 2009 at 17:00

Thanks to President George Bush three national monuments in the Pacific will be created to protect the largest amount of ocean in the world to date. This is a truly rare opportunity for us to applaud the Bush administration, and remind us that...

Bypass the shrimp ring at your next holiday party

Blog entry by Sarah King | December 23, 2008 4 comments

It's all about the cocktail sauce, or so say many people that linger around the shrimp rings at the holiday parties. If you're one of those people, I have some advice- enjoy the sauce but pass on the shrimp. In fact, hit the sweet...

Greenpeace Canada executive director joins worldwide vigil to end Japanese whaling...

Feature story | December 9, 2008 at 15:37

Greenpeace Canada’s executive director presented himself at the Japanese embassy in Ottawa this morning in hopes of being arrested as a co-defendant to two activists, dubbed the “Tokyo Two,” facing 10 years in prison for exposing the embezzlement...

Narwhals become canaries of climate change?

Blog entry by Sarah King | December 4, 2008 3 comments

A study published earlier this year in the journal Ecological Applications identified the narwhal as the species the most vulnerable to climate change. Sadly, we saw evidence of this tragic vulnerability as hundreds of these mythical...

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