Making a statement

Abby Goodnough for The New York Times:  “A decision by Whole Foods to stop selling any seafood it does not consider sustainable strikes New England fishermen as just one more barrier to their livelihood.”

She adds: “Whole Foods says that, in fact, it is doing its part to address the very real problem of overfishing and help badly depleted fish stocks recover. It is using ratings set by the Blue Ocean Institute, a conservation group, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. They are based on factors including how abundant a species is, how quickly it reproduces and whether the catch method damages its habitat.”

Go, Whole Foods. And St Jude tuna – still at Whole Foods.

Some fishermen are complaining. But allowing sales of species that are struggling is career suicide.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and Sambach.

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