Greenpeace says Costco’s seafood sustainability efforts miss the mark

Greenpeace is taking aim at Costco, the third largest retailer in the country, for its poor efforts in offering sustainable seafood. 

Costco has repeatedly assured shareholders and customers that it supports sustainable seafood, yet its actions say otherwise. Consumers can easily find 15 of the 22 seafoods ‘red-listed’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) which is the world’s leading authority on species in danger of extinction. Costco regularly carries two of the world’s most critically imperiled species: orange roughy and Chilean sea bass.  

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Japan says no to bluefin tuna ban

Bluefin -TunaOnce again Japan’s in the news for their negative stance on marine life, this time the seriously endangered bluefin tuna.

Japan eats an estimated three-quarters of the world’s annual bluefin tuna catch. Over the past 50 years, the adult population of eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin has plunged 74 percent, most of this in the past decade. In the western Atlantic, the population has fallen a whopping 82 percent.

Late last year Monaco proposed the bluefin ban . This year the U.S. governmenet said it supports a proposed ban on international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna because the species is at risk of extinction. The European Commission has asked that member governments go along with the ban.The ban needs a two-thirds majority to pass.

Bluefin -Tuna.2The proposed ban will be considered in mid-March when representatives from 175 countries meet in Doha, Qatar, to vote on measures to protect bluefin tuna and other at-risk species under CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

It seems that the issues comes down to tradition and money versus purdent stewardship and protection of a species, posturing versus scienfitic evidence. And when the fish are gone, what will Japan say then?