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Greenpeace updates Canadian 'Redlist' with six species

International environmental organization Greenpeace announced on July 7 that six species of fish have been added to Canada's 'Redlist' - a list of marine species commonly sold around the world that have a high risk of coming from unsustainable sources. 

The six new species were added as part of a report by the organization, called "Emerging from the deep: Ranking supermarkets on seafood sustainability," which examined the sustainable procurement policies followed by eight of Canada's major supermarket chains. 

These six new species, selected by Greenpeace due to a vulnerability to overfishing or being caught using destructive methods, replace six species previously on the Redlist that are no longer sold by supermarket chains in Canada.

The six new species or groups added to the Canadian Redlist are King Crab, Monkfish, Alaska Pollock, Rockfish and Red Fish, Hake and Fraser River Sockeye Salmon. 

The July 7 report found that currently only two species on the Redlist - tropical shrimp and prawns and net pen farmed salmon - are still sold by all eight of Canada's biggest supermarket chains (Loblaw, Overwaitea Food Group, Safeway, Sobeys, Walmart, Metro, Federated Cooperatives and Costco).

Greenpeace's Redlist - which aims to raise awareness of sustainable seafood consumption - includes marine species that are vulnerable to overfishing, sourced from depleted stocks or caught using destructive fishing methods.  

The Redlist is available to download via Greenpeace.com, country-specific red lists are also available through the organization's regional websites.  

An alternative guide to sustainable seafood is also published by environmental organization the WWF and is available to download via wwf.panda.org - as with the red list, regional lists are also available.  

Download the Greenpeace report - http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/emerging/

International red list - http://www.greenpeace.org/international/seafood/red-list-of-species

WWF Sustainable Seafood: Consumer guides - http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/how_we_work/conservation/marine/sustainable_fishing/sustainable_seafood/seafood_guides/