Carrefour, the most respectful supermarket of sustainable fisheries

Carrefour, leading Greenpeace ranking of sustainable-fishing committed supermarkets. (Photo: Lia Russo)

The environmentalist organization Greenpeace released its new ranking of respectful supermarkets of sustainable fisheries in which Carrefour leads the list with a positive score of 46 per cent.

In this ranking the NGO evaluates all the establishments operating in Spain that reject purchases from intermediaries of small species, endangered fish and those caught with trawling methods.

With respect to Carrefour, Greenpeace indicates that it is located in the orange spectrum and that it has improved in almost all criteria. The entity also stresses that the French chain supports sustainable fishing projects and is beginning the marketing process.

However, Greenpeace notes that in its stores products from most of the resources in its Red List of Fisheries for Spain can be purchased. Therefore, in a report the supermarket is requested to «stop trading those resources, giving priority to those from sensitive ecosystems and to those captured by bottom trawling, such as redfish, halibut and monkfish, among others.»

The second place of the ranking is occupied by the supermarket chain Lidl, with a score of 43 per cent. The company had held the top position in 2010.

According to Greenpeace supermarket ranking, the global score lowered but it remains in the orange spectrum, as there are changes in the commitments made in the previous edition.

As for the presence of resources from Greenpeace’s Red List of fish species for Spain, Lidl withdrew most of them and no longer offers most of them but the Atlantic cod, Argentine hake, prawns and canned tuna, among others, can still be obtained.

In third place is Alcampo, which since 2010 has been implementing the Sustainable Procurement Policy for Fishery Products.

Greenpeace notes that in its stores Greenland halibut, an endangered species, and Atlantic halibut, can still be found and they are two species found in the depths and are caught with destructive methods such as trawling. Therefore, it is requested to continue withdrawing some species and prioritising resources living in the deep sea.

Alcampo supports the purchase to local fisheries, which is supposed to account for more than 15 per cent of the total purchase and the sale of certified products. And its fresh products will soon be labelled with data referring to the vessel that captured them and the fishing date. However, the traceability of frozen and canned resources still need ensuring, the environmental organization notes.

The fourth place is occupied by El Corte Ingles, with an overall score of 34 per cent. This supermarket is still located in the red spectrum of the classification but the change has been important.

In April, it published its Sustainable Procurement Policy of Seafood reflecting various commitments, such as increasing the supply of local fishery capture and of inshore fishing products apart from certified products, among others. Likewise, rockfish, dogfish shark, blue skate and spotback ray are no longer sold.

Eroski is located in the fifth place and the NGO requires it to initiate a gradual phase of species withdrawal, giving priority to those coming from sensitive ecosystems and to those that are captured by bottom trawling, such as redfish, halibut and monkfish, among others.

With regard to traceability, Eroski is said to ensure regulatory compliance and its opposition to illegal fishing, but «it can only guarantee the traceability of the fish from the port. However, the firm does not know the details of the ship that captured the product or the stock status.»

In the last place of the ranking Mercadona is located, although it has improved the information given to Greenpeace and, therefore, to its customers.

The company ensures it is in the process of drafting its own Sustainable Procurement Policy for Fishery Products, but it still sells the majority of the species in Greenpeace’s Red List for Spain.

«We appreciate that the large chains are ahead of the law and take the lead in the removal of endangered species and of those captured with methods that are hardly selective. It is a step in the right direction,» said Paloma Colmenarejo, Oceans campaigner for Greenpeace.

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Author / Autor: Analia Murias

Date / Fecha: 28/10/11

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