Parnell Urging Wal-Mart to Reconsider Decision About Carrying Alaskan Salmon
Governor Sean Parnell is continuing to pressure Wal-Mart executives to reconsider the company’s recent decision to no longer purchase salmon from sources that aren’t certified to be sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Several Alaskan seafood processors have elected to discontinue their affiliation with the MSC citing concerns about the MSC’s inability to maintain a consistent, standard definition of sustainable management; concerns about brand erosion; and concerns that the MSC’s monopolizing influence undermines state and national governance of fisheries.
In a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Michael Duke, Governor Parnell said although Duke’s commitment to source only MSC seafood may have been sensible when first declared back in 2006, that policy is now sorely dated and is serving only to deprive Wal-Mart customers of high quality products produced in America, and forcing Wal-Mart to source salmon from less sustainable fisheries in foreign nations.
Parnell is encouraging the retail giant to reconsider ways they can help Alaskan processors continue to bring the best frozen wild salmon in the world to consumers by adjusting their evaluations and Sustainability Index to reflect the real-world quality of Alaskan salmon products and responsible, sustainable salmon management program.