Whole Foods to End Sales of 'Unsustainable' Seafood


Whole Foods, which is rapidly building its first Idaho location in Boise, said Friday that it would stop selling unsustainable seafood.

Effective Earth Day, April 22, the mega-market will no long sell fish caught from depleted waters or sell so-called "red rated" seafood, indicating the fish came from overfished waters or caught in a way that harms other species.

According to the Associated Press, among the seafoood disappearing from Whole Foods shelves will be octopus, skate, gray sole, and Atlantic cod and halibut caught by trawls, which can destroy habitats. Instead, Whole Foods will stock cod caught on lines and halibut from the Pacific.

In 2008, Greenpeace first published a seafood sustainability scorecard on which 20 of the nation's major supermarket chains failed. But in 2011, 15 of the 20 had passing scores.