To promote sustainable fishing practices, the environmental group Greenpeace rated seafood departments at 20 U.S. supermarkets. And they all flunked.
Whole Foods Markets and Wal-Mart and Target made the top six, redeeming themselves with educational labeling and committing to plan ways to steer away from suppliers whose practices deplete threatened fish stocks. Costco rated tenth.
Three Florida supermarkets rated fared worse: Winn-Dixie, 12th; Sweetbay, 14th, and Publix last nationally at 20th.
None responded to Greenpeace requests for information and the group found "no evidence of an awareness of sustainability issues."
The ratings penalized stores that sell the 22 species on Greenpeace's "red list." That includes such big sellers as yellowfin, bluefin or South Atlantic tuna; Chilean sea bass, orange roughy, grouper, red snapper, swordfish and Atlantic cod, halibut or haddock. All rated chains sell at least 11 types. Publix stocks 21 of the 22.
Chains also lost points for farm-raised fish if the supplier caused deforestation of mangroves, used wild fish as feed and relied on pesticides or antibiotics. Go to www.greenpeace.org to see the report.