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June 29, 2010

Greenpeace to Costco: Something's Fishy

Seafood After convincing Trader Joe's to sell only sustainable seafood, Greenpeace has set its sights on Costco. A new campaign targeting the big-box retailer charges that Costco sells 15 of the 22 species of fish at risk for extinction according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), including orange roughy and Chilean sea bass.

"As the third largest retailer in the United States and one of the largest seafood retailers, the scope of Costco's impact on ocean ecosystems is tremendous," said Greenpeace organizer Casson Trenor. The organization's Supermarket Seafood Sustainability Scorecard currently ranks Target first and best; Costco ranks number 14 out of 20.

In addition to Greenpeace's scorecard, other handy resources for concerned consumers include Fish2Fork, which locates responsible restaurants, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch, which is also available as an iPhone app.

--Della Watson

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