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Alaska makes salmon agreement with Walmart

By Dave Detling 6:11 AM January 21, 2014

International chain commits to selling Alaskan salmon

ANCHORAGE – Retail giant Walmart announced it will continue to stock Alaska seafood on store shelves.

The decision means big bucks for the state’s seafood industry.

In a letter to Sen. Mark Begich, Walmart officials said the company, “remains committed to buying Alaska seafood.” The letter went on to say the company was “excited to learn that the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI)  agreed to work with to ensure the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) standards meet the principles for credible sustainable fisheries programs as developed by The Sustainability Consortium (TSC).”

“It puts it in writing that they’re ready to move forward,” Begich said Monday in response to the letter. “But I want them to seal the deal — in other words, that they say these words — that, ‘We’re not only going to buy Alaska seafood again, or continue to buy Alaska seafood, but we want to buy more of it.”

According to Walmart’s website, the retail giant has more than 4,000 stores nationwide. State officials said 97 percent of the salmon bought by the company comes from Alaska.

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