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• The Huffington Post reports that members of the Alaskan fishing industry are protesting Walmart's decision to "only buy seafood that was certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council, a London-based organization; fish in a fishery improvement program; or any equivalent certification program, of which there currently are none."

The problem? "A number of large Alaska processors have dropped the MSC program because of costs and burdensome paperwork, Greg Gabriel, executive director of the Northwest and Alaska Seiners Association of Kenai, Alaska," tells HuffPo.

And, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says that "Alaska has been in the business of sustainability long before the MSC's existence, managing salmon fisheries to high standards since statehood."
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