Greenpeace calls on Spanish supermarkets to stop being compliant with oceans destruction

Carrefour occupies last place in Second Spanish Supermarket Ranking

Press release - 7 June, 2009
Greenpeace is calling on retailers to face up to their responsibilities, as overfishing, contamination and climate change threaten the world’s oceans. Over 75% of the world’s fish stocks have been totally exploited, overexploited or depleted. Overfishing, in particular, has driven the depletion of almost 90% of big predator fish, such as cod, tuna and swordfish.


In Spain,around 70% of fresh, frozen and canned fish is sold by large retailers.Therefore, Greenpeace is publishing a second retailers’ ranking in Spain to show consumers which groups have improved their policies of buying and selling fish and which groups are still performing poorly(1). The criteria used in this evaluation include acquisition and labeling policies of fish products and the presence of endangered species on the supermarket shelves.     

 Carrefour is the only food chain scoring less than in the previous study, published last year. Although Carrefour was the first to stop selling threatened bluefin tuna in 2007, it continues to sell other endangered species.

 Lidl has removed several species listed in the Greenpeace red list of threatened or unsustainably caughtfish(2) from its shelves and retains its first place in the ranking.

 “Greenpeace congratulates Alcampo (Auchan) for the improvements made to its fish purchasing policy and for committing to gradually removing threatened species and fish species caught through unsustainable methods from its shelves. Although it’s still in red, the measures it has taken have started to move it up in the ranking,” said Paloma Colmenarejo, Greenpeace Spain oceans campaigner. 

 According to Greenpeace, the six retailers who took part in the study are still in the red, meaning they are still selling species included in Greenpeace’s red list for Spain. Greenpeace is demanding that all retailers take immediate action to improve their policy of buying fish products.

  “It is extremely important to draw attentionto the crisis our oceans are facing. The big retailers have both the economic power needed to change the fishing industry’s practices, and the responsibility to protect our fish resources and our local fishermen,” added Colmenarejo.

 The campaign being developed in Spain is part of a global effort to create a sustainable seafood market worldwide. In May, Greenpeace announced the progress of its seafood markets campaign in Portugal with the launch of a second Portuguese retailers ranking, presenting the last ranked retailer,Jerónimo Martins,(3) with a Golden Fishbone Award, which represents the likely future of marine life if the industry’s attitude doesn’t change.

VVPR info: Paloma Colmenarejo, Greenpeace Spain oceans campaigner, +34 618 548 193Isabel Rivera, Greenpeace Spain communications + 34 626 99 82 48Lara Teunissen, Greenpeace International communications +31 646162042

Notes: (1) Greenpeace Second Retailers Ranking in Spain available here:º LIDL 37%2º Alcampo 18%3º El Corte Inglés 17%4º Eroski 10%5º Mercadona 6%6º Carrefour 5%(2) The Red Fish list for Spain was published in June 2008 and is based on a scientif evalutaion of the current stocks of the species and the method used to capture them. Available here: Greenpeace Second Retailer Ranking in Portugal available here:

Exp. contact date: 2009-06-11 00:00:00