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Metro quits selling seven threatened species

CANADA
Friday, September 24, 2010, 23:50 (GMT + 9)



The Metro grocery chain has announced the implementation of its sustainable fisheries policy such that it will begin offering its consumers fresh and frozen wild and farmed seafood products from sustainably managed fisheries by June of next year. Seven threatened species will no longer be offered.

Metro will quit selling seven threatened species - Atlantic cod (West), bluefin tuna, orange roughy, Chilean seabass, New Zealand hoki, skate and shark – to be reintroduced if future scientific reports conclude that stocks have reached acceptable levels.

The sustainable fisheries policy applies in Metro supermarkets and discount supermarkets in Ontario and Quebec; the changes are being implemented gradually until fully realised by next June.

All the chain’s suppliers will have to sign a code of conduct on their commitment to the new policy, and suppliers making concrete progress toward sustainably managing their activities and promoting recognised standards will be favoured.

Metro has developed a new and more transparent labelling system for the traceability of its seafood products to help shoppers make educated decisions about the seafood they eat. The new labels will include the scientific name, the product's origin, the fishing type and the presence of a standard if applicable.

Further, seafood department employees have been trained to help guide consumers on sustainable substitute products.

"Metro's sustainable fisheries policy is an important milestone in its history. This initiative is proof that we want to go beyond the simple role of distributor and become a player in sustainable development," declared Robert Sawyer, Executive VP and COO.

"The adoption of a sustainable fisheries policy is consistent with our corporate responsibility approach," he added.

Metro is the first Canadian supermarket chain to commit to completely withdrawing Atlantic cod from its fresh and frozen fish shelves, reports Montreal Gazette.

Metro's sustainable fisheries policy considers both official scientific opinions and the viewpoints of all stakeholders, including governments, NGOs and suppliers.

The sustainable fisheries policy is based on four core criteria:

• Harvesting will be limited to fishing areas and species whose renewal is ensured given their individual stocks and catch rates
• Fisheries and aquafarm suppliers will have to prove they employ sustainable fishing methods
• The supply chain must be documented to allow for informative and transparent labelling
• Metro's decisions will consider local economic issues

"It's encouraging to see Metro implementing its policy and taking the issue of overfishing seriously," commented Sarah King, Greenpeace oceans campaigner, reports The Canadian Press.

"Metro's stopping the sale of Atlantic cod in particular shows a commitment to the future health of Canada's fish stocks. We are asking all retailers still selling this species to follow suit," she said.

The six species on Metro’s continuous improvement list are farm-raised salmon, tropical shrimp, haddock, swordfish, Atlantic and Greenland halibut, and scallops and Stimpson's surf clams.

Metro will report on its commitment regularly.

Related article:

- Metro to sell only sustainable fish

By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com
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