Friday, February 18, 2011

Say ‘no’ to ‘red list’ fish

I am an Idaho resident concerned about the state of the oceans. I am concerned because the fish stocks are rapidly depleting. Every year, $16 billion of seafood is sold to the United States and half of that is sold to the grocery stores. Some fish species are more in trouble than others, like the Chilean sea bass, orange roughy, ahi tuna and others.

If the grocery stores continue to sell these endangered or "red list" fish, their populations may disappear or become so expensive we are not going to be able to afford them, like the bluefin tuna, which can reach $30,000 per fish in Japanese markets.

Today, 21 fish are on the "red list." I found these endangered species, like Alaska pollock, at Winco, Costco, Smith's and Albertson's. I found tropical shrimp at all the Boise, Wood River Valley and Twin Falls stores; Atlantic salmon at Costco, Smith's and Fred Meyer; red snapper at Fred Meyer; ahi tuna at Costco, Albertsons and Fred Meyer; and orange roughy at Smith's, Albertson's and Fred Meyer.

I am asking the grocery stores to take these endangered fish out of their shelves until their populations recuperate. If you want to know more about this topic, please Google: "Greenpeace Red List Fish."

Veronica Leonard


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