WWF, Costco partner

The World Wildlife Fund on Wednesday announced a new collaboration with Costco Wholesale Corp. to assess the Issaquah, Wash.-based retailer’s fisheries and further develop its wild seafood sourcing strategy. The one-year project kicked off on 1 December.

WWF will assess 10 of Costco’s wild species and use that information to help develop sustainable seafood sourcing strategies, including Marine Stewardship Council certification, for the club store chain. WWF will also work with Costco to engage in some of the conservation organization’s fishery improvement projects.

The announcement comes less than a month after Costco revised its sustainable seafood purchasing policy, eliminating from its 580-plus stores 12 species, including Atlantic cod, swordfish and Chilean sea bass.

Editor’s note: Click here to view SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Christine Blank’s interview with Jeff Lyons, Costco’s senior VP of perishables.


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