Big News From Whole Foods Market

Did you know Whole Foods Market is one of Fish Tales: Around Westchester’s sponsors?

As the pacemaker for sustainable choices in our daily lives, Whole Foods was a natural partner for Fish Tales’ educational outreach programs. Their sponsorship is helping ArtsWestchester and R.A.R.E

This week, the leader in organic, all-natural and sustainable foods made a big announcement:

As of Earth Day 2012 (that’s this Sunday!) Whole Foods Markets will no longer carry “Re-Rated” wild-caught fish.

What does this mean?

“Red ratings typically suggest that the fish is overfished or caught in ways that harm other marine life or habitats.”

In other words, Whole Foods will only carry fish that is raised/fished in ways that will sustain the future of the species and Earth’s water ecosystems in general.

Thanks Whole Foods!

As a shopper, this means you won’t be seeing the following red-rated species in your White Plains or Yonkers Whole Foods:

  • Atlantic Halibut
  • Grey Sole (Atlantic)
  • Octopus (all)
  • Skate Wing
  • Sturgeon
  • Swordfish (from specific areas and catch methods rated “red” by our partners)
  • Tautog
  • Trawl-caught Atlantic Cod
  • Tuna (from specific areas and catch methods rated “red” by our partners)
  • Turbot
  • Imported wild shrimp
  • Rockfish (only certain species)

You can read more about Whole Foods’ commitment to a sustainable planet and their decision to remove red-rated wild-caught fish from their stores: HERE.

A little love from the produce department of Whole Foods White Plains. And a whole lotta love for Whole Foods' sustainable choices!

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Hudson River Fact of the Week, January 19th

The DEC's Logo

The Hudson River Estuary logo depicts an Atlantic sturgeon, the Hudson’s largest fish. It highlights the estuary’s critical role as habitat for valuable fish and wildlife and the need to be vigilant in protecting this natural heritage. Through a partnership involving the DEC, the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Thruway Authority, and the New York State Bridge Authority, the logo appears on signs where major highways cross tributaries of the estuary. It reminds travelers that these streams are intimately connected to the mainstream, and that the health of the Hudson depends on the health of its watershed.