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Whole Foods and two leading scientific organizations streamline sustainable criteria

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 04:10 (GMT + 9)

Brought together through four years of partnership with Whole Foods Market, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® programme and The Safina Centre (formerly Blue Ocean Institute) will now use Monterey Bay Aquarium’s science-based criteria and methodology for rating the sustainability of wild-caught seafood, offering consumers consistent recommendations from trustworthy nonprofit conservation organizations.

Sharing research responsibilities and utilizing the same criteria and methodology also means that Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) and The Safina Centre (TSC) will have a greater capacity to evaluate a larger number of species and fisheries. The more species that are rated, the more seafood choices retailers like Whole Foods Market can offer, says this leading supermarket chain. 

Whole Foods higlights that increasing the availability of “Best Choice” (green) or “Good Alternative” (yellow) options in the seafood case has a positive effect on our oceans and fishing communities. Fishermen from fisheries that earn these ratings through responsible practices have an avenue into the sustainable seafood marketplace. In this way, the ratings programme provides an economic incentive to fish responsibly and helps shift the seafood industry toward greater sustainability.

“Whole Foods Market has excelled as a leader in seafood sustainability because partners like MBA and TSC provide us with the latest science on the most abundant species and the best managed fisheries,” said David Pilat, global seafood buyer for Whole Foods Market. “They share our commitment to the highest standards and continual improvement, so this collaboration will streamline all our efforts to keep driving change in the industry.”

The methodology, developed by MBA with input from TSC and other stakeholders, evaluates the same main criteria as Safina Centre’s previous ratings, including the abundance of fish populations, the impacts of fishing, and how well the process of fishing is controlled and managed. Other critical factors evaluated include whether the fishing method targets only the intended species, or if any other species are caught in the process (known as bycatch), as well as the impact of fishing gear on the habitat. Assessments are robust, peer-reviewed and transparent.

“Streamlining our research with the Monterey Bay Aquarium helps us know the sustainability status of more species of fish. Whole Foods Market turns that knowledge into buying power and market influence,” said Carl Safina, founding president of The Safina Centre. “There’s a real impact on the water when retailers like Whole Foods Market source responsibly caught seafood, creating an economic reward for fisheries to improve their ratings.”

Combining the scientific expertise of MBA and TSC with the consumer insight of Whole Foods Market also helps the organizations prioritize research on the most impactful seafood issues. The company provides input on regional favorites, seasonal items and household staples to help determine which species to evaluate, ultimately giving consumers a greater number of choices and driving demand for seafood coming from responsible fisheries.

“Our collaboration with The Safina Centre will maximize our ability to provide retailers like Whole Foods Market with robust and consistent seafood recommendations from a diversity of sources, ultimately rewarding better performing fisheries,” said Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Seafood Watch director at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Whole Foods Market’s policy is to source as much seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as possible. When MSC-certified options are not available, customers use the sustainability ratings from MBA and The Safina Centre to choose green- and yellow-rated options.

Whole Foods Market removed all red-rated seafood from stores in 2012, as this rating indicate that the species is overfished, poorly managed, or caught in ways cause harm to habitats or other wildlife.


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