Last week Greenpeace released their latest ranking report, Out of Stock, showing what Canadian supermarkets are (and aren’t) doing to protect ocean health. Greenpeace has asked retailers to stop selling 15 “red list” species that are caught or farmed in an environmentally unsustainable way. Yes, you guessed it, Atlantic farmed salmon is on that list. (more…)
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If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate Earth Day let me make an unexpected recommendation: buy farmed salmon. Yes, I really mean it, but you have to go to the right place.
To mark Earth Day, and the first year of their commitment to a sustainable seafood program, Overwaitea Food Group has become the first Canadian grocery chain to make sustainable farmed salmon broadly available. OFG is now the exclusive North American retailer for coho salmon sustainably farmed by SweetSpring, a land-based closed containment operation in Washington State. [Applause and whoops of excitement please.] (more…)
Recently, the salmon aquaculture industry and news outlets have been promoting a new approach to salmon farming called Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), meaning that several marine species are raised in the same operation, such as mussels that eat the waste from salmon raised in open-net pens. This approach allows salmon farm companies to increase and diversify their product sales while using the same open-net cage technology and inputs. This new business approach also comes with claims that it will alleviate the impacts that salmon farms have on the marine environment, even going so far as to claim that problems like sea lice can be controlled. (more…)
I know it is cliché to talk about voting with your wallet and shopping for change. Those sentiments make me nauseous too. But when it comes to an issue like the environmental damage caused by salmon farming, the marketplace is where we are seeing some of the most positive movement. The industry and governments are such laggards those closer to the customer are starting to look like a better bet for getting serious change. (more…)
Retail chain Target, the largest discount store in the United States, has just announced its plan to discontinue all farmed salmon from its fresh, frozen, and smoked seafood offerings in all of their stores. The company will also stop selling sushi made with farmed salmon by the end of the year. With 1,744 stores in 49 states, this is a huge victory for the sustainable seafood movement! (more…)