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WWF Collaborates with Costco Wholesale to Assess Wild-Caught Fisheries and to Further Develop a Sustainable Sourcing Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2011 – World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today announced a new collaboration with Costco Wholesale to assess its source fisheries and further develop the company’s wild-caught seafood sourcing strategy. The one-year project began December 1, 2010.

WWF will undertake assessments of ten of Costco’s wild-caught species and use that information to help develop sustainable sourcing strategies for the company’s seafood purchases that includes Marine Stewardship Council certification.  WWF will also work closely with Costco to advise as to how the company and its suppliers can engage in select WWF fishery improvement projects.

Costco currently operates 582 warehouses, including 425 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 80 in Canada, 22 in the United Kingdom, seven in Korea, six in Taiwan, nine in Japan, one in Australia and 32 in Mexico. The Company also operates Costco Online, an electronic commerce web site, at and at in Canada.