Progress is seen in the latest Greenpeace Supermarket Seafood Scorecard

Feature story - June 30, 2009
In the third edition of Greenpeace's seafood sustainability scorecard – Carting Away the Oceans – Greenpeace is seeing signs of progress in the supermarket industry. Many leading grocery store chains have begun increasing the sustainability of their seafood operations.

While many supermarkets began to feel the pressure of their customers and the public to do the right thing and be better stewards for the ocean environment, just as many grocery stores continue to ignore both the public and scientific warnings. These pathetic stores remain at the bottom of the scoring, where they belong!

The supermarket chain Wegmans received top ranking followed by Ahold USA, while Whole Foods dropped to third place from its December 2008 first place ranking. Trader Joe's remains ranked at #17, the worst ranking of the national supermarket chains surveyed. Three regional chains ranked at the bottom.

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Greenpeace continues to rank supermarkets in an effort to move supermarkets to sell sustainable fish. Greenpeace believes that stores will do the right thing once this problem is made clear. Several stores have already begun to develop sustainable seafood procurement policies and/or have removed from sale species on the Greenpeace Red List. It is a positive sign that some supermarkets are making progress and that others will join the effort soon.

Oceans are in peril

A seafood industry without fish simply cannot exist. It seems so simple, yet many businesses still don't understand it. The ocean ecosystem isn't doing so well. More and more fish are disappearing from the oceans. That's why we're here, talking to the industry and buyers and sellers.  Environmentalists, seafood buyers and seafood sellers all need to start working together on conserving the ocean and its precious resources, before it's too late.

Marine reserves are a big part of the solution. By setting aside parts of the ocean as marine reserves - areas of the sea where fishing and other extractive and destructive activities are prohibited - so that fish and other marine life can recover and replenish. Globally, Greenpeace is campaigning for 40 percent of the world's oceans to be declared marine reserves.