When you live in the Mile-High City, a thousand miles away from the nearest large body of water, you don’t always feel a strong connection with the ocean. Yet, despite our geographic distance from those majestic blue waters, Colorado is playing a significant part in destroying our oceans through buying and selling endangered seafood.
Last week, volunteers hit over 30 Colorado supermarkets to check out which red-listed fish our local stores carry. With an "endangered fish" scorecard in hand, we went aisle by aisle through grocery stores looking for about twenty vulnerable, albeit popular, species of fish. The results were shocking!
Whether canned, frozen, or on display in the wet case, we were able to find the majority of the species on our list. In the middle of the Rocky Mountains you can find Chilean Sea Bass, Atlantic Cod, Swordfish, Orange Roughy, Hoki, Ahi Tuna, Monk Fish, Red Snapper, Wild Scallops and even Shark.
King Soopers, our local Kroger affiliate, sold as many as 13 endangered fish! (See our completed survey below.)
Even though Costco, the largest purchaser of seafood in North America, just committed to dropping a dozen red-listed species from their shelves, many stores continue to stock and sell endangered fish.
Our oceans cannot continue to support current consumption levels. If supermarkets don't change their ways, these species will be over-fished to the point of extinction. Take Action by telling supermarkets to clean up their act and protect our oceans!
Greenpeace regional organizer for the Rocky Mountain and Southwest region
Your Personal Activist Network