Nothing Fishy About Sustainability as Spanish Supermarket Chain Buys Thousands of Tons

Some of Alicante's southern provinces earn the lowest income in Spain. Image: Roman Wimmers/ Unsplash

WITH more than 340 fresh fish counters in its stores, Spanish supermarket chain has to purchase large amounts of all types of fish on an annual basis.

Wherever possible it obtains sustainable product and has just announced that in 2019 it purchased 3,144 tons of fish which was certified by one or other of the recognised authorities.

According to the supermarket, more than 1,800 tons were certified as coming from sustainable grounds by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and a further 800 tons were approved by GLOBALG.AP with their GGN seal.

Eroski claims that it is the first supermarket in Spain to receive sustainability confirmation from MSC and GLOBALG.AP.

The company says that it is committed to satisfy its increasingly environmentally aware band of customers and that it is doing all it can to provide fish which will be replaced and therefore not causing decimation amongst the various species on offer.

To add to its total, it confirmed that it had also stocked some 300 tons of fish of 50 species which had been caught using cane fishing poles rather than any other less acceptable means.

Finally, the fresh tuna that it offered was approved by the Atún de Pesca Responsible division of AENOR another Spanish organisation which is involved in managing standardisation and certification in a range of different industries including fishing.

Clearly not all the supermarket’s fish product is certified sustainable, but it guarantees that if any fresh fish item carries the eco-label then it will have been recorded as coming from a sustainable source.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


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