No Longer Wholesale Ocean Destruction
In a stunning win for the oceans, Costco has agreed to remove over half of its red list seafood items, pursue better practices in aquaculture and assume more of a leadership role in the ongoing global effort to develop a more sustainable tuna industry.
This victory comes after months of campaigning to encourage Costco to stop destroying the oceans through its seafood purchasing practices. Thank you to everyone who helped achieve this win. This victory proves that we’re unstoppable when we work together to save the environment.
Over the past eight months, Costco heard from environmental activists around the country—as well as from thousands of its own customers—on how the wholesale giant can and must do better to protect our precious ocean resources.
To comply with their new policy, Costco has:
- Fully discontinued 12 key red list species, aside from MSC-certified products;
- Assumed more of a leadership role within the aquaculture sector by supporting best practices and innovation;
- Partnered with World Wildlife Fund to examine the company’s remaining wild-caught species and determine how to best transition to the most sustainable alternatives; and
- Acknowledged the role that the canned tuna industry plays within the global sustainable seafood movement and is in the process of shifting to more sustainable tuna sources in all sectors (fresh, frozen, and canned)