Good news for fish — and other aquatic species that find their way onto our plates. Yesterday, Canada Safeway announced its new Sustainable Seafood Policy, which commits the grocery store chain to an ambitious goal: by 2015, all its fresh and frozen seafood will come from sustainable and traceable sources or be in a credible improvement project. It's a huge step for one of Canada's largest food-retailers, which boasts over 200 stores across the western provinces.
Safeway developed its new policy in partnership with SeaChoice, a national program that helps Canadian businesses and consumers make sustainable seafood choices. A joint initiative between five Canadian conservation organizations, including the David Suzuki Foundation, SeaChoice offers a wealth of resources that make finding sustainable seafood simple.
It's exciting to see Canada Safeway already taking steps toward its commitment. Safeway has discontinued its private label canned yellowfin tuna and has stopped selling some species that SeaChoice advises against, including orange roughy and Chilean sea bass. These fish have been overfished in many areas, and fishing methods used for the yellowfin tuna endangers sea turtles, sharks, seabirds, and other marine animals.
Over the next few years, Canada Safeway and SeaChoice will work with Safeway's suppliers, assessing and improving seafood sources. As a partner organization of SeaChoice, the Foundation will be there to help educate Safeway staff and consumers about the environmental issues associated with seafood.
Congratulations to Canada Safeway for one big step toward healthy oceans! For more information on sustainable seafood, check out our sustainable seafood program.