Publix Seafood Practices Rank 19 of 20 Stores Analyzed, Greenpeace Says

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Publix seafood practices score a failing grade of 2.7 out of 10, according to the environmental group Greenpeace. A study by the organization's Carting Away the Oceans project (CATO) analyzed major grocers such as Target, Safeway, Whole Foods, and Winn-Dixie. Publix landed at 19 among the 20 supermarkets analyzed.

The study took into consideration each supermarket's progressive policy development, public support for conservation methods, and the elimination of unsustainable seafood items.

It also considered the amount of "red-list" species -- fish that are at high risk of being sourced from unsustainable catching methods and fisheries -- that are available at the supermarkets for sale.

Publix failed because it continues to sell 15 of 22 "red-listed" species, such as Alaskan pollock, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, Atlantic sea scallops, Chilean sea bass, grouper, red snapper, South Atlantic albacore tuna, and tropical shrimp.

In 2010, the chain announced the beginning of a seafood grading initiative. But two years later, this system still has not been implemented. Labeling at Publix was also deemed insufficient, since the supermarket does not provide enough information to encourage consumer awareness about sustainable seafood.

Greenpeace also noted that Publix ignored the organization's invitation to participate in the study. As a result, all of the information was compiled from public reports, consumer information, and other readily available information.

The highest scores were awarded to Whole Foods and Safeway, which both actively participated in the study. Both chains were presented as leaders in the industry for their efforts in promoting sustainable seafood practices.

On Earth Day, April 22, Whole Foods announced it would no longer carry any fish considered unsustainable. The announcement, via the Whole Foods blog, stressed that the retailer would not offer any species that suffer from overfishing or any catching methods that might harm natural habitats. This plan made Whole Foods the first national retailer to stop selling all red-listed seafood.

The worst score was awarded to Winn-Dixie, with 1.15 out of 10, for the lack of any sustainable seafood policy.

CATO noted that scores have been increasing annually as major grocers become more aware of the importance of sourcing sustainable seafood.

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mark1321
mark1321

If the terrorist organization green peace says it is bad then I have to buy it. 

Cliff Brazier
Cliff Brazier

Publix top management still have far to go in a number of aspects...at many of their locations, displays of reusable shopping bags are noticeably absent and their staff unaware of where to find them when asked. Publix also continues to refuse to join other food companies in assisting the plight of poorly-paid farmworkers. This article is just another reminder that customers have other choices where to shop for groceries...........

jeff
jeff

Publix sucks I hate their new ads, they are a corporate death machine, all that price and convenience come at a moral cost that is too high to pay

Schwettin
Schwettin

Just what we need: another Food Nazi survey.

Mia
Mia

So the highest scores were awarded to groceries that participated in the study. Ok. That basically invalidates the entire study, by the way. Write back when all are evaluated on te same criteria.

Ed
Ed

One more reason Publix sucks.  For f-ck's sake the frozen fish they carry comes from Thailand or Vietnam.  They don't even carry local Florida shrimp at my local Publix.  The results are no surprise.  Publix is one of the most backwards chains in the country.  Don't believe me check their Twitter account.  Huh?  They don't have one?

dude: grouper has been endangered for a bit but seems to be making a comeback.  I think they were overzealous including it in their study.  Regardless, Publix's other choices suck.http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-N...

dude...
dude...

Ok. If you're gonna tell me that grouper is red-listed in Miami then I'm gonna tell you that you have no idea what the hell you're talking about it. Miami waters teem with the fish. Publix 4 Lyfe. Notice that the highest scorers are the ones that got on their knees for Greenpeace. Take it somewhere else where shopping isn't a pleasure. 

Fish Head
Fish Head

there are many species of grouper.. only a couple are commercially fished. The black grouper is suffering.. thankfully there is a bag limit.. I wouldn't eat any seafood unless it is labeled. We need to know where this meat comes from.. DON"T EAT Gulf of Mexico or Farm Raised.. unless your into Cancer.. So even though you may "see" Goliath Grouper (aka Jew Fish) it's not a desirable meat.  Seriously, everyone needs to stop eating Blue fin  and Big Eye Tuna... Patagonia toothfish ( aka Chilean Sea Bass) should be unlawful to consume as well..

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