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Conservationists stop using WWF fish guide

Published lördag 16 april 2011 kl 11.28
Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix.

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation will no longer use the WWF’s fish guide when they advice consumers on what fish not to buy. The decision comes a few weeks after it was revealed that the World Wide Fund for Nature taken the fish Pangasius off the “don’t buy” list after pressure from the Vietnamese government.

Pangasius is farmed in the Mekong River and has become an export success for Vietnam. But the fish farms have caused a lot of damage to the wildlife in the Mekong Delta and the WWF initially decided to blacklist the fish.

In February Swedish Radio News revealed that WWF had taken Pangasius off the blacklist after threats from the Vietnamese government that the organization would be kicked out of the country.

“It is vital that consumers can trust the fish guide completely,” said Mikael Karlsson, chairman at the conservation society.

The organization has over 190 000 members and also cooperates with supermarkets, restaurants and wholesalers.  

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