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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Greenpeace NZ campaign director Chris Harris speaks with the store manager of the...

Image | August 12, 2009 at 3:52

Greenpeace NZ campaign director Chris Harris speaks with the store manager of the Quay St Foodtown where Greenpeace hangs a seven metre banner on the downtown Auckland Foodtown supermarket which reads 'Costing our Oceans? Alongside, the mascot...

Greenpeace banner on Auckland Foodtown supermarket

Image | August 12, 2009 at 3:45

Greenpeace hangs a seven metre banner on the downtown Auckland Foodtown supermarket which reads 'Costing our Oceans? Alongside, the mascot for the Greenepace Save our Seas campaign, Sad Fish, hangs in a bottom trawl net. The message highlighted...

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.

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...

Sad fish at the launch of the NZ Red Fish List

Image | August 10, 2008 at 23:51

Sad fish at the launch of the NZ Red Fish List at the Auckland waterfront.

Sad fish at the launch of the NZ Red Fish List

Image | August 10, 2008 at 1:00

Sad fish at the launch of the NZ Red Fish List at Kelly Tarlton's in Auckland

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