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Sep 13, 2010 11:20 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Whole Foods to use seafood environmental ratings

Whole Foods Market is trying to clear some murky waters for seafood shoppers.

The grocery chain on Monday launched a color-coded rating program with the help of Monterey Bay Aquarium and Blue Ocean.

It is intended to measure the environmental impact of its wild-caught seafood. The program is the latest in a series of moves by major grocers to change seafood policies as concern rises about overfishing and the environmental effects of certain fishing methods.

The system gives seafood a green, yellow or red rating. It's based on how abundant the species is and how sustainable the methods used to catch it are.

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