Greenpeace activists target Safeway, A&P


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
May 25, 2009

Greenpeace Canada on Monday launched a “confrontation campaign” to persuade Canada’s top supermarket chains to stop selling seafood it says is harvested or farmed in an environmentally irresponsible manner.

Four Greenpeace activists were arrested on Monday at a Safeway store in Victoria, British Columbia, for trespassing. They chained and locked the doors of a frozen seafood case and filled a shopping cart with “red list” species. The activists then wrapped yellow “Oceans Crime Scene” tape around the case and cart.

Outside of the store, more activists, including two sporting fish costumes, distributed information leaflets and held banners that said “Safeway: The Way to Extinction” and “Don’t Buy, Don’t Sell Red List Fish.”

Outside an A&P store in North Bay, British Columbia, Greenpeace activists erected a fish skeleton and distributed information leaflets.

On Friday, Greenpeace released a report called “Out of Stock, Out of Excuses” ranking Canada’s top supermarket chains for the second consecutive year on their sustainable seafood purchasing policies, and all eight of them failed to meet the organization’s criteria.

Loblaw earned the highest overall score of 2.4 (on a scale of 10), while Metro received the lowest overall score of 0.1. Other retailers ranked were Sobeys (1.1), Wal-Mart (1.0), Overwaitea (0.9), Federated Co-Operatives (0.9), Costco (0.7) and Safeway (0.3).

Greenpeace is calling on the retailers to stop selling what it deems are red list species such as: Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, Atlantic sea scallops, Chilean sea basshaddockhokiswordfish and bigeye, bluefin and yellowfin tuna.

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