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European Retailers Urged To Buy MSC Alaska Salmon

Store shelves in Europe should leave room for one other certified sustainable seafood besides tuna, if some Canadian and American environmentalists get their way. Several conservation groups in North America are urging European salmon retailers to buy MSC-certified fish caught in Alaska, after eight major Alaska salmon processors stated publicly last year that they were choosing another program over the MSC eco-label.
Groups including the Pacific Salmon Foundation, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, David Suzuki Foundation, Wild Fish Conservancy, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and Watershed Watch sent 200 letters to salmon retailers and NGOs throughout the EU, where Alaska salmon with MSC had previously been widely listed. The groups are not petitioning US retailers, which so far have shown little interest in MSC-certified sustainable Alaska salmon.
Last year, eight major Alaska salmon processors said they were not renewing their MSC certification, and instead opted for a different scheme created by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Global Trust. They argued that a rigorous assessment process, such as the MSC, is not needed to prove to consumers that their salmon is sustainably caught.
The conservation groups, however, firmly stand behind the MSC eco-label.        
“We are supporting Alaskan fishermen’s courageous stand. Global Trust is not an ecolabel, nor does it assess fisheries based on rigorous sustainability criteria,” said Greg Taylor of the Pacific Salmon Foundation in a statement.
In the UK, Belgium and Netherlands, Alaska or Canadian canned wild salmon is the second most sold canned seafood after canned tuna.