WASHINGTON, DC--Greenpeace today released its 2013 Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report, which evaluates and ranks supermarkets on their sustainable seafood policies.
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It is no surprise that once again Whole Foods is leading the way in the world of food sustainability, with other food providers quickly jumping onboard (Wal-Mart, Trader Joes, and Wegman’s). Recently, individuals are becoming more and more concerned with not only the actual quality of the tuna product they receive but also the manner in which the tuna was captured. Tuna by nature swim in schools, sometimes numbering in the thousands. Thus, making them highly vulnerable to capture. Mankind over the years has learned to perfect the art of catching tuna, from hand in spear, to pole fishing, to the highly complex and crazy efficient purse seine fishing where thousands of species may be drawn from the ocean at one time. However, this method of extraction has raised many questions about whether ethically this method of fishing is still sustainable. For one the amount of by-catch that results from purse seine fishing is disturbing, but even more disturbing is the amount of pressure this type of fishing is putting on fisheries worldwide. Thus, a needed regression seems to be taking place. Fishers are returning to traditional pole in hand methods. Furthermore, this type of fishing not only is a more humane method of fishing but it also allows for a better quality fish. It is wonderful movement that is taking place and only time will tell whether the rest of the world hops onboard or jumps ship.