Costco: Protect the oceans, not your image

Editor’s note: This post comes to us from Casson Trenor at Greenpeace. Casson is the Senior Markets Campaigner at Greenpeace. Casson is based in San Francisco and spearheads Greenpeace’s efforts to educate the public about the global fisheries crisis and promote sustainable seafood practices.

Costco is the largest wholesale club operator in North America. People – like you, perhaps – shop at Costco because of its bulk goods, low prices, and the wide variety of merchandise available in their giant warehouses.

But, while Costco continues to grow bigger and bigger, so does its footprint on the environment. Did you know that Costco is destroying our oceans through its horrible seafood purchasing practices? And to make matters worse, the company is leaving its customers in the dark by hiding the truth from them.

Greenpeace and supporters all over the country are have been urging Costco to implement a sustainable seafood policy, to offer transparency in its seafood labeling, and to stop selling red list seafood – starting immediately with orange roughy and Chilean sea bass.

After months of public pressure, I’m hesitant, but want to share with you that it appears our pressure may be working.

Greenpeace activist surveys have revealed that several of the red list fish have disappeared from Costco store shelves. Is this a move in the right direction? A clever decoy? Or, merely a seasonal adjustment?

We don’t know – because once again, Costco is hiding the truth and not being transparent. Why are they so afraid of making a public commitment to the oceans?

One thing we know is that the pressure is working – so we need your help once again. Please take action and tell Costco CEO, Jim Sinegal to stop being shifty and to stand up for the oceans by supporting positive environmental change.

Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Photo courtesy of Greenpeace

58 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Linda C.
Linda C.5 years ago

I quit shopping at Costco.........membership is to high and bargains aren't always bargains (need to use mental math or bring a calculator)...

Colin Hope
Colin Hope5 years ago

Noted!!

bob m.
bob m.5 years ago

Fascinating and though ;with probably 50 times the $$ and many vessels sitting on their keels.
I think Greenpeace should refrain from trying to blow up their image as THE eco protectors who are effective.
Good work Greenpeace but your image in many eyes is anything but as effective compared to Seashepherd.

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

Thanx for post.

ilse D.
.5 years ago

Pooh! I wanted to sign again! thanks for telling us. I'm not a fisheater or any other animal-eater, but I downloaded the fish-shopping guide from WWF ( Belgian guide ). My parents are now always shopping with the guide ;)

Dianne D.
Dianne D.5 years ago

Petition signed. I don't shop at Costco anymore.

Olivia Schlosser
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks...never shop there...already signed the petition.

David N.
David N.5 years ago

We got Trader Joe's to stop selling a particular kind of fish. With enough pressure I am sure we can get Costco to comply. It just takes determination.

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer M.5 years ago

No meat = Healthier humans AND planet
Seems like a no brainer