Seafood Sustainability at Safeway

How does Safeway score on seafood sustainability?

Overall Sustainability


Score Explanation

Safeway ranks among the top grocery stores for seafood sustainability. Company leadership has demonstrated an interest and energy in sustainability issues and initiatives. Unfortunately, the company lacks a strong sustainable canned tuna policy and still sells a high number of Red List species.

Policy Explanation

Has a strong public sustainable seafood policy. The company has also taken a public stance in refusing to purchase GMO salmon, which it should expand to all GMO seafood. Lacks a strong sustainable canned tuna policy.

Transparency Explanation

Promotes sustainability information online and with in-store brochures. It could improve by making its Responsible Choice labeling program more consistent and prominent in stores. This will help provide sustainability information at the point-of-purchase for customers.

Initiatives Explanation

Actively supports seafood sustainability or conservation initiatives. Greenpeace applauds the company for publicly calling for the protection of the Bering Sea Canyons and for calling on Congress to tackle illegal fishing.

Red List Explanation

Sells 12 of the 22 Red List species: Alaska pollock, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, Atlantic sea scallop, bigeye tuna, Chilean sea bass, ocean quahog, red snapper, South Atlantic albacore tuna, swordfish, tropical shrimp, and yellowfin tuna.



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Source: 2015 Carting Away The Oceans Report

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Frequently Asked Questions

on seafood sustainability at Safeway

Q: Should I buy canned tuna at Safeway?
A: Yes, sustainable third party brands like Wild Planet are best. Safeway brand FAD-free skipjack is OK, but avoid its canned albacore tuna.
Q: Has Safeway made sustainability a priority?
A: Safeway's management team has demonstrated a commitment to marine conservation and speaks up about it.
Q: What seafood should I never buy at Safeway?
A: Avoid all Red List species—especially Chilean sea bass and bigeye tuna.
Q: Is there anything I can do to encourage more sustainable practices at Safeway?
A: Yes—you can add your name to the petition asking Safeway to use more sustainable practices.

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