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.