‘Has catching this fish impacted endangered species?’ ‘Is the population of this species still healthy or has it been overfished ?’
Far too often we're left left without answers to these questions and others when trying to find out if seafood products on their supermarket shelves have come from sustainable sources. Inadequate labelling and a lack of publicly available sourcing policies have made it impossible for consumers and other market players to assess the sustainability of the seafood they buy and sell.
Last year we published the NZ Red Fish List which showed the 12 most critical species to avoid. Greenpeace has been asking for urgent action on these species – if you care about the state of our oceans, these are the species you should avoid buying.
Today, at our mock seafood cafe Jellyfish de Jour in downtown Auckland, we launched a new report called 'While Stocks Last'. The report draws a strong link between supermarket seafood retail and the state of the oceans. It outlines some concreate actions that supermarkets must take and that we as their customers can take to push them in the right direction.
You can find out more and download the full report here.
Unchecked the fishing industry will leave little in the seas but harvests of ‘bait and worse,’ - the bottom levels of the marine food web like sea cucumbers, jellyfish and, eventually, plankton - for future generations to eat... [But] you don’t need to worry about these problems, as long as your children like plankton stew” - Dr. Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, January 2003.