Catch the reel big news: no more red-rated seafood
AUSTIN, TEXAS. April 20, 2012. As of Earth Day (April 22), Whole Foods Market will no longer carry red-rated wild seafood as a way of supporting healthier oceans and helping to reverse overfishing trends. All of the company’s seafood departments will only feature wild-caught seafood from fisheries certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and green (best choice) and yellow (good alternative) species rated by Blue Ocean Institute (BOI) and Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). Whole Foods Market stopped selling several extremely depleted stocks years ago such as orange roughy and bluefin tuna; it will now no longer offer species rated red by BOI and MBA such as Atlantic halibut, Atlantic grey sole, skate wing, sturgeon, turbot, among others. More at wholefoodsmarket.com/wfmfish.
Global Seafood Buyer
David Pilat has accumulated a wealth of seafood knowledge and experience having worked in several stores, four regions, and Whole Foods Market’s own seafood processing facility in Pigeon Cove based in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator
Carrie Brownstein develops standards to guide seafood purchasing for the Company’s stores throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK.