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Greenpeace releases 5th annual sustainable seafood report

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Yesterday, Greenpeace released its 5th Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report. This report acts as a guide to sustainable seafood in the United States and ranks 20 nationwide grocery stores on their seafood selling practices.

This year Safeway leads the pack followed by Target, Wegmans, and Whole Foods.

Sustainable seafood is, in my opinion, one of the most important of the "smaller" environmental issues of the last few years. Populations of popular fish species like Orange Roughy are in sharp decline and because the oceans are notoriously difficult to regulate (among other reasons) its been difficult to get retailers to pay attention. As pointed out in the CATO report many sustainable seafood initiatives target consumers and while this has some effect on what is being sold in stores, pushing the retailers themselves to be responsible is also and important piece of the puzzle.

So, check out the CATO report (PDF) and make sure to reward those retailers that scored well with your business over the next year. While retailers need to be paying attention to what they buy, consumers do still have a place in rewarding and acknowledging sustainable behavior.

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