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UK: Greenpeace gives rare praise to supermarkets on fish

Date: 6 Oct 2006

Greenpeace has produced its updated league table for UK retailers on sustainable sourcing of seafood and has acknowledged that the supermarkets are leading a considerable movement of change.

The campaign group, which is calling for the supermarkets to stop selling beam trawled seafood, praised many of the companies for having made serious progress in dropping the sale of what it describes as desctructively fished species.

As in previous years, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose head the list, with their longstanding and developing commitment to sustainable sourcing. ASDA, which was placed at the bottom of the league table last year, was held to have risen to fifth place following Wal-Mart's commitment to seriously ramp up its sustainable sourcing of fish over the coming three years.

Greenpeace said that: "Supermarkets are in a prime position to drive forward the protection of the oceans. They should be praised for the considerable progress that they have made in the last year but even the best can do better."

The group has renewed its call for the ending of beam trawling, which it describes as indiscriminate and destructive. "Up to 70 percent of what is caught in the net is thrown away as waste".


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