Carrie Brownstein

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May 19, 2014 @ Whole Story
Greenpeace ranked us #1 again in their annual ranking of seafood sustainability at US supermarkets! It’s an honor to be recognized by Greenpeace for our seafood industry leadership. We work hard to set the bar high for responsible aquaculture and fishery practices and are committed to supporting the supplier partners who are on the water helping to maintain abundant fish populations and ecosystems for future generations.
May 10, 2014 @ Whole Story
Are you concerned that fish farming can be harmful to our environment? We are. That’s why we developed strict standards for aquaculture that go above and beyond industry norms, raising the bar and creating a model for more sustainable fish farming practices. The small handful of salmon farmers we partner with are the leaders in environmentally responsible aquaculture.
January 27, 2012 @ Whole Story
Our Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator explains how our stakeholders, from team members to growers to the public, have a voice in the process of developing new standards.
October 21, 2011 @ Whole Story
The last few years have been busy ones for the Seafood Quality Standards team at Whole Foods Market. We implemented new aquaculture standards for farmed finfish and shrimp and we launched our wild species ranking program — making our seafood cases more colorful and rich with information.
January 4, 2011 @ Whole Story
Our Quality Standards for Aquaculture prohibit the common industry practice of adding a hormone to tilapia. Learn how our tilapia partners grow fish the old fashioned way.
May 15, 2009 @ Whole Story
End of the Line, a documentary based on journalist Charles Clover's book of the same name, is showing at a handful of film festivals and will play in some cities on June 8th-World Oceans Day.  I had a chance to watch the film and have a few thoughts to share. The film begins with beautiful footage of marine life and quickly (and graphically) moves toward its key message: The oceans are overfished and fish populations are in trouble. Some of the most well-known and well-respected marine scientists are interviewed in the film to confirm these bleak trends.
May 4, 2009 @ Whole Story
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the government agency that's responsible for managing fisheries in U.S. waters, is asking for public comments on proposed policies for addressing what's known in the industry as illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing (a.k.a. pirate fishing) and bycatch (unintentional or incidental catch) of protected species like whales and sea turtles. Okay, there are a lot of acronyms in that first sentence (I even left some out) but the point is: as citizens we have an opportunity to express our opinion about how these public resources are managed.
October 28, 2008 @ Whole Story
Shrimp farming and healthy mangrove ecosystems…Can the two go hand in hand?
August 25, 2008 @ Whole Story
Sometimes you meet people who are truly remarkable. I met such a person in September 2007 on a trout farm visit to Idaho. Following two days of presentations at the U.S. Trout Farmers Association meeting, my fellow fishmongers and I were greeted by Leo Ray, who loaded us into his truck for an all day tour of the Snake River Canyon of South Central Idaho.
July 16, 2008 @ Whole Story
I am at the new Whole Foods Market store in Tribeca, NYC perusing the seafood counter on a most exciting day.
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As our Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator, Carrie’s work currently focuses on developing and enhancing quality standards for seafood sold at Whole Foods Market. She analyzes critical issues in both ocean fisheries and aquaculture and works with producers to develop solutions that encourage greater sustainability in the seafood marketplace. After getting a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, where she focused on fisheries management, Carrie worked as an independent consultant for a range of environmental NGOs and for five years as the research and outreach coordinator for the Blue Ocean Institute’s seafood sustainability program. However, her roots in seafood go farther back: her family has been in the seafood business since 1909.