From 2011, Dutch supermarkets will only sell fish from sustainable stocks which is caught according to approved methods, the national food bureau CBL said on Tuesday.
According to news agency ANP several supermarkets are already buying fish from durable stocks.
Albert Heijn has an agreement with the World Nature Fund that it will have at least 10 species of ‘durable’ fish available in its stores from December 31. The Dirk van den Broek stores have stopped selling threatened cod and swordfish and the Jumbo chain no longer stocks whiting or swordfish, ANP says.
The CBL announcement prompted environmental group Greenpeace to stage a protest against the supermarket chain C1000. Greenpeace claims half the fish sold at C1000 stores are threatened species.
Femke Nagel from Greenpeace Netherlands told ANP that it is a scandal that C1000 still sells fish from depleted stocks while other supermarkets have already taken action. ‘They even advise their customers to eat swordfish at Christmas,’ she said. Netting swordfish also catches threatened sharks, albatross and turtles.
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