An email message from Chris Schraeder,
Wal-Mart’s Senior Manager, Sustainability Communications
July 22, 2013
I read your article in Anchorage Daily News with interest and wanted to take the opportunity to respond. We’ve proudly sourced salmon from the state of Alaska for many years. We want to continue to source quality seafood from Alaska for years to come while also ensuring sustainable seafood is available to future generations. That’s why we have been and will continue to be engaged in open and transparent dialogue with Alaska fisheries, suppliers, NGOs, industry experts and government to work toward a solution. In February of this year, we initiated a study to evaluate equivalent standards for Alaskan salmon fisheries. We are confident the results will aid us as we continue our conversations.
At Walmart, we’ve made a public commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood for our customers. We work with Marine Stewardship Council, recognized as the global standard for sustainable fishery management, to make sure fisheries are certified, and we also work with fisheries that are not currently certified but are making progress toward better fishery management through a public fishery improvement project (FIP).
Today, roughly 69 percent of the wild fish we purchase and sell in the U.S. comes from fisheries that are either MSC certified or under assessment. Another 21 percent is purchased from fisheries with creditable, public FIPs and 9 percent comes from fisheries that have started working toward FIPs. This policy has helped us to be an industry leader in sustainable seafood by working with fisheries that are making headway. It has also helped improve fisheries around the world.
Chris Schraeder Senior Manager, Sustainability Communications
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