Wal-Mart Stocks Bristol Bay Salmon

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the actions of companies like Wal-Mart are what it takes to draw attention to the critical importance of wild fish stocks? While Trout Unlimited says that the move to sell Bristol Bay salmon “shows that high-end shoppers aren’t the only ones conscious of where fish is caught,” I’d also like to think that consumer tastes are moving away from penned, pumped and artificially pinked salmon shipped in to the U.S. from Chile and other sources. Buying farmed salmon only supports the perception that coastal and riverine development like the enormous Pebble Mine project — which directly threatens Bristol Bay fish — are harmless.
“This is big news for Bristol Bay and Alaska’s salmon industry. It’s a perfect match between the world’s largest seafood retailer and the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery,” said commercial fisherman Fritz Johnson.” Elizabeth Bluemink in the Anchorage Daily News.
Go to Wal-Mart. Buy Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Help save an ecosystem or two.

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  • The penned salmon is coming from Chile not Argentina

  • Chalk one more up for sustainable use conservationism! “What’s in it for me?” still makes the world go ’round. And disconnecting urbanized majorities from the natural resources they consume is foolish. I hope this trend continues…for the good of all.

  • Good point, Alex. I missed that one. But even that is a generalization. I have a BinL who researched fish farming heavily as a possible investment. And I spent quite a bit of time discussing it with him and going over stuff on-line with him. I’m pretty sure it isn’t isolated to one or two locations around the globe, but more like 6-10…salmon farming I mean. Saltwater fish farming is actually more widespread even than that: Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, etc.