Greenpeace to confront supermarkets in 19 cities across Canada



    MONTREAL, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace began a confrontation campaign
today to convince Canada's major supermarket chains to stop selling Redlist
species (seafood that is the most threatened by overharvesting).
    Activists will challenge store management at chain outlets in 19 cities
in five provinces in the coming weeks.
    The campaign kicked off today with activities in North Bay and Victoria.
In Victoria, Greenpeace prevented the sale of Redlist species inside a Safeway
story and set up a banner reading "Don't Buy, Don't Sell Redlist Fish". In
North Bay, Greenpeace activists set up a fish skeleton outside an A&P store
owned by the Metro chain, provided information to customers and gave the store
manager a copy of the report which ranks Metro last among major Canadian
supermarkets.
    Throughout the campaign activists will provide store customers with
information on the failings of each outlet to ensure all seafood sold is
sustainably caught and farmed. Online tools have been developed to encourage
Canadians to demand that their supermarkets do more to protect seafood and the
oceans. The cyber tools can be found on www.greenpeace.ca.
    The confrontation campaign follows the release Friday of a new Greenpeace
report, Out of Stock, Out of Excuses: Ranking retailers on seafood
sustainability. The report ranks all Canada's major grocery chains on their
efforts to provide consumers with seafood that is sustainably caught and
farmed. All received failing rankings.
    The depletion of seafood stocks in the world's oceans is severe. Media
are reporting today that a new global study shows that there are now 85 to 90
per cent less fish and marine mammals than there once were. Over exploitation
is the main cause of the decline.
    "Greenpeace will confront supermarkets across the country in the coming
weeks to let consumers know that Canada's supermarkets are major accomplices
in ocean destruction," said Beth Hunter, Greenpeace Oceans Coordinator. "We
want Canadian supermarkets to stop selling Redlist fish and begin implementing
policies that promote the sale of sustainable seafood."

    Editors:

    The Out of Stock, Out of Excuses report, with information on the rankings
and Redlist as well as Out of Stock: Supermarkets and the future of seafood,
issued last year, are online at www.greenpeace.ca

    The Redlist species are: Arctic surf clams, Atlantic cod, Atlantic
haddock, Atlantic halibut, Atlantic salmon, Atlantic sea scallops, Chilean
seabass, Greenland halibut, New Zealand hoki, orange roughy, sharks, skates
and rays, tropical shrimp and prawns, and tuna. More information on the
Redlist species is in the report.




For further information:

For further information: Alex Paterson, Media & Public Relations
Officer, (416) 524-8496; Beth Hunter, Oceans Campaign Coordinator, (514)
569-8391


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