Fish banned by Whole Foods

In an effort to quell overfishing, the organic and natural food superstore, Whole Foods, will no longer carry fish that have been labeled unsustainable by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch and the Blue Ocean Institute.

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    Sole Whole Foods will no longer stock Atlantic or wild-caught gray sole, due to species' very low numbers after 50 years of overfishing.The company will now instead buy more flounder, a similar fish.
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    Skate The overfishing of skate is primarily due to the fish getting accidentally caught with bottom trawls.
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    Atlantic Cod  There is a caveat with cod. If the fish is caught accidentally by trawlers it will be banned, but if it is caught with a hook and line it will be allowed by Whole Foods.
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    Atlantic Halibut Most Atlantic halibut have been overfished because they were caught with sea trawls.
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    Octopus Octopus is a popular ingredient in sushi, but will no longer be served at Whole Foods. The main reason is to discourage trawlfisheries from accidentally catching the bottom dweller with their nets that comb the sea floor.
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    Sturgeon Wild sturgeon have been overfished for their eggs, or caviar.
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    Tautog Populations of tautog are low as a result of their slow rates of reproduction and growth.
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    Imported Wild Shrimp Imported wild shrimp are often caught by accident with bottom trawling nets. The trawls damage the seabed and result in the accidental bycatch of endangered species like sea turtles.
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    Swordfish Whole Foods will only carry swordfish that were caught using handlines, to discourage fisherman from fishing with trawls. The superstore will only sell swordfish that have been caught on a single baited line, one fish at a time.
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