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UK supermarkets accused of 'misleading' claims over 'responsibly sourced' seafood
Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 07:00 (GMT + 9)
The following is an excerpt from an article published by Grocery Gazette:
Campaigners have accused UK supermarkets and seafood companies of making “misleading” claims over “responsibly sourced” scampi or langoustines.
Retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons y Waitrose, alongside Young's and Whitby Seafoods, form a fishery improvement project (FIP), which looks to increase the sustainability of the UK’s langoustine industry.
However, Scottish charity Open Seas claims the five-year project is failing and will not meet its April 2024 targets.
Most langoustines are caught in a damaging method of fishing – bottom-trawling – which drags weighted fine-mesh nets across the seabed.
Open Seas’ new industry report says that this type of fishing has created “significant problems,” including a lack of vessel monitoring which poses risks to sensitive and protected seabed, and is a threat to endangered and protected marine species such as sharks and rays.
The charity claims that the FIP has not achieved any practical improvements and third-party assessor, Fishery Progress, recently downgraded the FIP’s performance from an A to a C as it found 91% of actions were “incomplete”.
The Marine Stewardship Council, which facilitates the FIP, said a “significant” number of actions had not been meeting their targets, however added that improvements had been made.
Open Seas head of campaigns Nick Underdown said: “UK supermarkets and food companies are misleading their customers by giving the impression of sustainability and responsibility, whilst they have done very little to justify these environmental statements”. [Continues...]
Author: Cara Houlton | Grocery Gazette | Read the full article by clicking the link here