Begich Takes Issue with Wal-Mart Salmon Decision

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is taking issue with a decision by Wal-Mart to stop buying Alaska salmon products not certified as sustainable by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council.

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by Associated Press

KODIAK- U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is taking issue with a decision by Wal-Mart to stop buying Alaska salmon products not certified as sustainable by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council.

 

Begich, in a letter to the president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., asked the company reconsider making the council the "sole arbiter" of which fish Wal-Mart sells.

 

The council's designation has become one of the most popular labels for seafood sellers advertising sustainability. Alaska's certification expired last fall.

 

The state Department of Fish and Game had sponsored the industry's certification twice, but declined to do so again amid concerns with the program's cost.

 

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has promoted use of an alternate sustainability certification so far not recognized by Wal-Mart.