Thursday, July 29, 2010

Costco's Fishy Secret. No Fish by 2050!

"The saying "There are plenty of fish in the sea" may make singletons feel better, but it's just not true.

In reality, many of the world's fish populations are on the brink of collapse. Overfishing has pushed 75 percent of global fisheries beyond the point of sustainability, and nine out of ten of the seas' big fish have disappeared.
If you want to know who's responsible for depleting the world's oceans of threatened species, there's no better place to start than Costco, the largest wholesale club operator in the country.

Everything in Costco is big - including its environmental footprint. A recent survey found that Costco sells 15 of the 22 fish listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. For this and many other reasons, Costco received the lowest marks of all national supermarket chains on Greenpeace's 2010 ranking of stores based on their sustainable seafood policies.

Costco consistently robs the ocean of its scarcest resources and sells them to shoppers at wholesale prices. Worse, the store provides no labeling information about the sustainability of the fish it sells, preventing shoppers from making the choice to avoid buying threatened species.

Given Costco's massive buying power, improving the store's buying practices wouldn't just save the untold thousands of threatened fish in its megastores - it would create a sea change across the entire seafood supply chain."
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Costco Is Selling Endangered Species of Fish. Boycott Costco!

"If you think Costco is saving you money, think again! The fact is, they are selling endangered species as fast as possible and when those species go extinct, the price of Fish will Sky-Rocket!

All the money you believe you have saved from buying Fish at Costco, won't be able to buy your Fish in the future! The same goes for all the other endangered Species we humans are threatening with extinction.

Costco is destroying our oceans through its horrible seafood purchasing practices and leaving customers, like YOU, in the dark by hiding the truth. "
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We have to leave some fish for our children, the birds, and the sea lions.

Oceans' fish could disappear in 40 years: UN
"If the various estimates we have received... come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish," Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program's green economy initiative, told journalists in New York.
According to the UN, 30 percent of fish stocks have already collapsed, meaning they yield less than 10 percent of their former potential, while virtually all fisheries risk running out of commercially viable catches by 2050.
The main scourge, the UNEP report says, are government subsidies encouraging ever bigger fishing fleets chasing ever fewer fish -- with little attempt to allow the fish populations to recover.
Fishing fleet capacity is "50 to 60 percent" higher than it should be, Sukhdev said.
"What is scarce here is fish," he said, calling for an increase in the stock of fish, not the stock of fishing capacity."

We all need to think about tomorrow, instead of just living for today.

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