Week in review: Activists on the prowl

By

Steven Hedlund

Published on
May 27, 2009

Here’s a recap of this week’s most popular stories on SeafoodSource:

1) On tour in Norway: After calling out Cermaq last week, The Pure Salmon Campaign set its sights on Marine Harvest this week. During a weeklong tour of Norway’s farmed salmon industry, the organization targeted Marine Harvest for failing to prevent sea lice infestations in Canada, an infectious salmon anemia outbreak in Chile and farmed salmon escapes worldwide, among other shortcomings.

2) Come together: The war on seafood fraud seems endless. But industry and government came one step closer to finding a solution on Thursday when the Better Seafood Bureau and six U.S. agencies met in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways to clamp down on common forms of seafood fraud such as short-weighting.

3) Greenpeace on the offensive: Canadian retailers, including Safeway, A&P and Sobeys, were busy this week fending off Greenpeace. At a Safeway store in Victoria, British Columbia, four Greenpeace activists chained and locked the doors of a frozen seafood case, filled a shopping cart with red list species and then wrapped yellow “Oceans Crime Scene” tape around the case and cart. Greenpeace is trying to persuade the supermarket chains to stop selling seafood it says is harvested or farmed in an environmentally irresponsible manner.

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