"Some Question Whether Sustainable Seafood Delivers on Its Promise"

"Seafood counters used to be simpler places, where a fish was labeled with its name and price. Nowadays, it carries more information than a used-car listing. Where did it swim? Was it farm-raised? Was it ever frozen? How much harm was done to the ocean by fishing it? Many retailers tout the environmental credentials of their seafood, but a growing number of scientists have begun to question whether these certification systems deliver on their promises. The labels give customers a false impression that purchasing certain products helps the ocean more than it really does, some researchers say."

"Backers respond that they are helping transform many of the globe’s wild-caught fisheries, giving them a financial incentive to include environmental safeguards, while giving consumers a sense of what they can eat with a clear conscience.

To add to the confusion, there are a variety of certification labels and guides, prompting retailers to adopt a hybrid approach, relying on multiple seafood rating systems or establishing their own criteria and screening products that way."

Juliet Eilperin reports for the Washington Post April 22, 2012.


"Seafood Not as Green as Advertised?" (Washington Post)

"New BBC Documentary Spotlights ICIJ Probe Into Fish Devastation" (iWatch News/ICIJ)

"A Ban on Some Seafood Has Fishermen Fuming" (New York Times)

"Low Standards for Water Put Fish Eaters at Heightened Risk" (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

"Every Day Is Earth Day With This Market Darling" (Motley Fool)

"Whole Foods Shifts To Greener Seafood Choices" (WUSA-DC9 Gannett)

"Whole Foods To Stop Sale of Unsustainable Seafood" (AP 3/30/20012)

"Some Fishermen Blast Whole Foods' Unsustainable Fish Ban: 'A Marketing Ploy'" (Gothamist)

Source: Wash Post, 04/23/2012