A Red King Crab from Russian waters was discovered not to be so red.
Coming up this week: Walmart commits to Alaska salmon, Is trophy sportfishing responsible for the decline in abundance and size of Kenai River King Salmon?, and don’t let Facebook scare your friends away from Alaska seafood. All that, and the coolest red king crab you’ll ever see. We had help this week from KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham.
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Walmart announced Friday that they will continue to stock salmon products from most of the large seafood processors that operate in Alaska.
Previously Walmart had announced that they would only accept salmon products that carry the Marine Stewardship Council label of sustainability.
Since most of the large seafood processors that operate in Alaska withdrew their support for MSC that left most of the salmon from Alaska out of the loop to be sold by Walmart.
The processors withdrew their support for MSC in favor of a competing sustainability label sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, which is the seafood marketing arm of the state of Alaska. Continue reading
Walmart executives were in Alaska last week, meeting with state and industry officials about salmon. Though it has not followed through, the world’s largest retailer last year said without the Marine Stewardship Council’s stamp of approval, they would have to cease carrying salmon from Alaska.
ASMI spokesman Tyson Fick said he came away from the visit feeling confident salmon will stay on Walmart’s shelves.
“I think it went really well. It gives a lot of cause for optimism how it was received for both the sustainability efforts and management efforts of Fish and Game and NOAA in Alaska, as well as the RFM certification program.” Continue reading
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Coming up this week, there’s bad news, good news, and then more bad news about wild salmon versus farmed; It may have taken a senate hearing, but it looks like Alaska salmon will remain welcome on store shelves no matter who certifies them; and why we should choose salmon over logging. Thanks to Heather Hardcastle for her commentary.
Alaska Senator Mark Begich convened a hearing yesterday (Tuesday) before the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard to explore ways to make sure current and future sustainability certifications benefit both the seafood industry and consumers. Begich and others have been at odds with organizations that rely solely on the Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability endorsement in choosing seafood– especially since Alaska salmon no longer carries the MSC stamp of approval.
To start the meeting, Begich had Sam Rauch, the acting assistant administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Darren Blue of the General Services Administration explain how their agencies formulate procurement procedures, which in at least one case this year prompted the National Parks Service to declare Alaska salmon unsuitable for serving in parks. Before describing how those decisions were made though, Blue had an announcement for the subcommittee. Continue reading
Coming up this week, Walmart officials seem sound open to accepting Alaska salmon – even without MSC approval; Bristol Bay gillnetting permits are increasing in prices, even though this summer didn’t live up to expectations, and the fella who’s towed more grounded fishing boats off the rocks than almost anyone, sells his company – but doesn’t retire. All that and how bloggers might help salmon sales. We had help from KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska and KCHU’s Tony Gorman in Valdez.