Seafood markets guide

Has the catching of this fish impacted endangered species?’ ‘Is the population of this species still healthy or has it been overfished?

Far too often consumers are left without answers 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.

In recent years a global sustainable seafood movement has thrived. Consumers, retailers and seafood processors have started asking questions. The first step has been to demand transparency. As retailers have started developing sustainable seafood purchasing policies they’ve requested more accountability. They’ve asked for sustainable seafood that has not been caught with destructive fishing techniques such as bottom trawling, and fish that does not come from overfished stocks.

This section of our website provides a quick insight to the state of our oceans looking at the main problems and providing some of the solutions. It helps retailers and seafood processors understand what a sustainable seafood purchasing policy is and how to develop one. Last but not least, the Greenpeace Red Fish Guide, lists 12 seafood species at very high risk of being sourced from unsustainable fisheries and explains the rationale for ‘red-listing’ them. The guide highlights key species that consumers should avoid purchasing.

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Suicidal Tuna Fisheries

Feature story | May 11, 2009 at 0:00

The Turkish government has set its own catch limit for the endangered Mediterranean bluefin tuna - in total disregard for internationally agreed quotas and scientific advice.

Oceans campaigner Karli Thomas gets served a plate of jellyfish

Image | May 6, 2009 at 5:54

Oceans campaigner Karli Thomas gets served a plate of jellyfish as Greenpeace launches a report into New Zealand's commercial fisheries and seafood sector. Titled While Stocks Last, Supermarkets and the Future of Seafood it warns commercial...

Oceans campaigner Karli Thomas gets served a plate of jellyfish

Image | May 6, 2009 at 5:51

Oceans campaigner Karli Thomas gets served a plate of jellyfish as Greenpeace launches a report into New Zealand's commercial fisheries and seafood sector. Titled While Stocks Last, Supermarkets and the Future of Seafood it warns commercial...

Yellowfin tuna on the ground in Honiara's market

Image | May 6, 2009 at 0:22

A Yellowfin tuna lies on the ground in Honiara's market. The feet of a local child are seen alongside.

While Stocks Last

Feature story | May 6, 2009 at 0:00

Today in downtown Auckland Greenpeace opened a seafood cafe of the future - Jellyfish de Jour. The menu includes such delights as Whole Baked Jellyfish Platter with Thai Vegetables, Jellyfish Bisque, and Blackened Cajun Jellyfish.

While Stocks Last

Publication | May 6, 2009 at 0:00

'While Stocks Last' is a report, commissioned by Greenpeace. It exposes a disturbing picture of New Zealand's commercial fisheries and seafood sector. It makes a link between the sustainability of our fisheries and the procurement policies of our...

Vietnamese crew member releases a shark back into the ocean

Image | May 5, 2009 at 23:43

A Vietnamese crew member releases a shark back into the ocean which was caught on the end of a bait line of a Korean long-liner, the 'Shin Yung 51'. Whilst fishing for tuna, sharks, turtles, dolphins and albatrosses can often end up as...

Greenpeace Criteria for Sustainable Fisheries

Publication | March 13, 2009 at 0:00

What does sustainable mean? Which criteria defines if a fishery is sustainable? In simple terms, a sustainable fishery is one whose practices can be maintained indefinitely without reducing the targeted species’ ability to maintain its...

Sending out an SOS for Pacific tuna

Feature story | December 10, 2008 at 0:00

Our activists together with Korean environmental group KFEM created a huge human "SOS Tuna" banner on the shores of a beach in Busan, Korea, as a key regional meeting in Korea began this week. This extremely critical meeting will decide the fate...

Billion dollar fishing industry on the verge of collapse

Feature story | October 14, 2008 at 0:00

The world’s largest food fishery is on the verge of collapse. Pollock, used to make McDonald’s fish sandwiches, frozen fish sticks, fish and chips, and imitation crabmeat, have had a population decrease of 50 percent since last year.

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