Usually when I hear the words "fish" and "ban" together its not a good thing. Images of people trying to ban the collection of fish start to pop up in my head. This time around though I think its a good thing. Whole Foods Market has decided to ban any "red-rated" fish from being sold at their stores. According to Whole Foods on 4-22-12:
Today’s a big day for us. Not just because it’s Earth Day but because as of today, in support of healthier oceans and to help reverse overfishing trends, Whole Foods Market® will no longer carry red-rated wild seafood. From now on, all of the wild-caught seafood we carry will be from fisheries certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), or green (best choice) or yellow (good alternative) species rated by Blue Ocean Institute (BOI) and Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). A number of years ago we stopped selling several extremely depleted stocks, such as orange roughy and bluefin tuna; now we’ll no longer offer species rated red by BOI and MBA. Species such as Atlantic halibut, grey sole, skate wing, sturgeon and turbot, among others.
Whole Foods also put out a YouTube video talking about this new ban: