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Retail Stores Move Toward Sustainable Fish

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Aired 2/1/10

Two national retail chains with grocery stores in San Diego County are looking at policies that may change the type of fish they sell.

Two national retail chains with grocery stores in San Diego County are looking at policies that may change the type of fish they sell.

Target Corporation will no longer sell farmed salmon because most farms feed the salmon wild fish and waste from the farms is released directly into the ocean.

The company says nearly all of its San Diego stores sell salmon in the frozen food section.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is working with Target to modify the company's seafood offerings.

Alison Barratt with the Monterey Bay Aquarium says two factors are driving the market changes.

"One is that more and more businesses are seeing the need to be responsible about their buying," said Barratt. "And that consumers are saying, I need to know what you're buying, so I can make good choices."

Safeway, which operates Von's stores, is working with another Northern California organization to develop a comprehensive seafood policy for the 1,700 store chain.

In the short term, Safeway says it will no longer sell monkfish, grouper and Atlantic/Gulf red snapper until those over-fished stocks recover.

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