Major food retailer Costco has announced that they will no longer be selling 12 red-list or "at risk" species at their stores. Hooorrayyyyy!!!
The species that will be dropped includes Atlantic cod, Atlantic halibut, Chilean sea bass, Greenland halibut, grouper, monkfish, orange roughy, redfish, sharks, skates and rays, swordfish and bluefin tuna. They will still sell farmed salmon (I know, horrible right?) but they will be working to research best practices in aquaculture and fish farming standards. They will also be taking a lead in finding a sustainable form of canned tuna for their stores.
Costco will join such stores as Wal-Mart, Trader Joe's and Target who have strengthened their seafood policies following a wave of pressure from the public. Greenpeace's Supermarket Scorecard showed the ugly side of these stores as they all got extremely low scores on sustainable seafood.
Friend of Save Our Shores and SOS Ocean Hero Award 2010 winner, Casson Trenor, has spearheaded this campaign for sustainable seafood with his work at Greenpeace. Casson says he is very pleased with the direction that Costco is taking but "this isn't perfect, this isn't going to make Costco the best store in the world for buying seafood...but now we've got the company on the right track. Through that purchasing power they're going to be doing positive things for the planet instead of plundering the seas with every dollar."