Supermarkets ‘stepping up’ sustainability drive

Supermarkets and other retailers are working harder to improve their marine environmental sustainability, it has been claimed.

Many major retailers have implemented sourcing policies to prevent the sale of unsustainable sources of fish, according to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

There has also been an increase in seafood sustainability awareness among consumers, in line with retailer’s improved corporate responsibility, claimed MCS’ fisheries officer Sam Wilding.

He said: “Anything that improves the sustainability of seafood and reduces the impact on the marine environment is welcomed by MCS.

“MCS is campaigning for the creation of a network of marine reserves that will protect the seas around the UK, and can now be set up under the new Marine and Coastal Access Act.”

Mr Wildings’ comments come after Mark & Spencer signed a new charter aiming to protect the European marine environment from overfishing – becoming the first major high street retailer to put its name to the scheme.ADNFCR-2805-ID-19586636-ADNFCR

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