News

Supermarket giants fish for support

Paul Thomas backs local fishmongers over supermarkets to offer the best supply of fresh caught fish.
Paul Thomas backs local fishmongers over supermarkets to offer the best supply of fresh caught fish. John Mccutcheon

SUNSHINE Coast fishmongers are unfazed over the Coles-Woolworths supermarket war expanding to include wild-caught fish.

Fishmongers say the retail giants' push to further portray themselves as environmentally conscious by removing unsustainable fish species from their shelves will not result in smaller operators taking a financial hit.

They are also sceptical of the genuineness of the retailers' actions, saying they have the distinct air of a PR stunt.

In the latest power play to lure customers, Coles on the weekend announced its fresh wild-caught fish would soon come with Sustainable Choice stickers.

A spokesman for the company said the move followed a year-long review of its fish purchases by World Wildlife Fund Australia marine experts.

Previously, Coles and Woolworths said they had banned threatened species, with the former putting a 2015 deadline on it removing unsustainable species from its shelves.

Woolworths has teamed with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Fund.

The campaigns to espouse their green credentials follow battles over hormone-free beef and heavily discounted milk and bread.

But unlike the milk war, which has taken a hefty toll on numerous dairy farmers, fishmongers do not believe their bottom line will be affected.

Point Cartwright Seafoods owner Paul Thomas said the supermarkets were engaged in a marketing ploy designed to convince customers they were buying fresh fish.

"It's very difficult for organisations such as Coles and Woolworths to supply fresh seafood," he said.

"I can see where they're going with this.

"They're trying to prick people's consciousness because they just don't have the fresh (fish) product to sell in their stores."

A Mooloolah River Fisheries spokesman said the retailers' market dominance "gives them considerable room for manipulation".

However, he added: "They don't really bother us. A large percentage of the product they handle is imported product."

Coles business category manager Jon Haggett said it was important to reassure customers that the seafood they bought was sustainable.

"With WWF having now reviewed all of our fresh-caught fish, we can confidently tell customers which of their favourite fish are not only great quality but also caught in a more sustainable way," he said.

Topics:  coles, paul thomas, woolworths


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Lismore has diversity Byron had and wants to keep it

(From left) Christopher Woodward, Shanon Robb, Lora-Jean Damen and Sabrina Major model the clothes for the new fashion event Threads which will take place at the Back Alley Gallery. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Low income earners need to be able to afford to remain in Lismore

Lismore Eisteddfod is in need of funds to secure its future

Rachel Beck  Photo Contributed

Search is on to find new patrons to save iconic event.

A bishop of balance built his flock

SADDENED: Service for Bishop Satterthwaite at Lismore Cathedral

Bishop Satterthwaite was given a warm farewell this week.

Latest deals and offers

Thankful for his life and impetus to become a champion

Kalon is grateful to the rescue helicopter paying a visit to the public school for making the Westpac service its charity of the month.

Lismore has diversity Byron had and wants to keep it

(From left) Christopher Woodward, Shanon Robb, Lora-Jean Damen and Sabrina Major model the clothes for the new fashion event Threads which will take place at the Back Alley Gallery. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Low income earners need to be able to afford to remain in Lismore

Lismore Eisteddfod is in need of funds to secure its future

Rachel Beck  Photo Contributed

Search is on to find new patrons to save iconic event.

A bishop of balance built his flock

SADDENED: Service for Bishop Satterthwaite at Lismore Cathedral

Bishop Satterthwaite was given a warm farewell this week.

South Lismore Primary’s Miss World hopeful says ‘she can’

SHE CAN: Miss World finalist Janaya Everingham outside her old primary school.

Lismore's Miss World Finalist makes it happen for Variety charity

BUDGET 2016: Tax cuts for firms pulling in up to $10m

Australian Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks at the despatch box during the delivery of the 2016-17 Federal Budget in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra,

It will cost the federal government $5.3 billion in lost revenue

Maudeville is back, brighter and shinier than ever

DIVA: Maude Boat as MC of the Cabaret Show at a previous Tropical Fruit’s New Year Eve Party in Lismore.

IN A city full of divas, only one reigns supreme: Maude Boate.

NSW Police join Dance Challenge

NSW Police show their moves at Manly Wharf.

Manly Wharf is the backdrop to NSW Police running-man dance entry.

Scotland Police accept Dance Challenge

NZ Police doing the running man dance.

Australian Federal Police say watch this space but NT Police feel ignored.

Gwen Stefani, George Clooney and Julia Roberts sing Queen

Gwen Stefani, George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

James Corden from The Late Late Show sings Carpool Karaoke with Gwen Stefani and...

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances