US Sen. Brown: Whole Foods policy hurts fishermen
BOSTON (AP) -- US Sen. Scott Brown is asking Whole Foods to reconsider a decision to no longer sell seafood that it doesn't consider sustainable.
In a letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb, Brown said Monday he was concerned the decision has more to do with political correctness than sound reasoning.
The Massachusetts Republican questioned what he called "uncertain science," and said the decision will hurt Massachusetts fishermen.
Whole Foods Market announced it will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods, including octopus, gray sole, skate, Atlantic halibut and Atlantic cod caught by trawls.
Brown said for the past two years, New England fishermen have been struggling under a strict quota management system that limits fishing, along with limitations on gear types and fishing areas.