will no longer carry fish deemed not sustainable by organizations such as Monterey Bay Aquarium
and Blue Ocean Institute
. The company had announced in 2010 that it would stop selling red-rated fish as of 2013 but moved up its deadline
"Today's a big day for us," announces the Whole Foods blog
. "A number of years ago, we stopped selling several extremely depleted stocks, such as orange roughy and bluefin tuna; now we'll no longer offer species rated red... such as Atlantic halibut, grey sole, skate wing, sturgeon, and turbot among others."
"We've been paying attention to sustainable species all along," said an employee at Whole Foods market on North Federal in Fort Lauderdale. "You're only going to see a difference when it comes to a couple of selections, like octopus."
Some scientists disagree. "[A] growing number of scientists have begun to question whether these certification systems deliver on their promises. The labels give consumers a false impression that purchasing certain products helps the ocean more than it really does," reports Juliet Eilperin in yesterday's Washington Post.
Fishermen from Massachusetts and colder waters hospitable to shellfish and fattier fish will be hit hardest, reports yesterday's New York Times. Atlantic cod is among fish that will no longer be available at stores. "'We've been murdered,' said Russell Sherman, who has sold his entire catch to Whole Foods for the past six years and is seeking new buyers. 'It's not fair at all.'"
What won't you find in a Whole Foods seafood section from now on?
Here's the list of Monterey Bay Aquarium's code-red fish to avoid.
Caviar, Sturgeon (imported wild)
Crawfish/Crayfish (imported farmed)
Flounders, Halibut, Soles (US Atlantic,
except Summer Flounder)
Groupers (US Atlantic)
Lobster: Spiny (Brazil)
Mahi Mahi (imported longline)
Marlin: Blue, Striped (Pacific)
Salmon (farmed, including Atlantic)
Sharks* & Skates
Snapper: Red, Vermilion
Tilapia (Asia farmed)
Tilefish (US Southeast)
Tuna: All Canned, Albacore, Skipjack,
Tongol (except troll/pole)
Tuna: Bigeye, Yellowfin (longline,
except US Atlantic)
Learn more about the ratings on Whole Foods website, here.
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