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Executives from two multinational corporations told a Senate subcommittee in Washington D.C. Sept. 24 they are willing to consider several sources to assure the sustainability of seafood purchased for their vast retail and food service businesses.

At the same time, neither retail giant Walmart, nor Sodexo, which does millions of dollars in business with federal government agencies and many private sector entities in food services and facilities management, have yet to lift their commitment to seafood certification via the Marine Stewardship Council.

The Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard, chaired by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, was held to explore ways to make sure current and future sustainability certification efforts benefit both the seafood industry and consumers.

This past summer Begich took Walmart to task for policies that could prevent the purchase of Alaska seafood for sale in Walmart stores nationwide. Begich also sent a letter to Sodexo voicing concern over its policies which could exclude the purchase of Alaska seafood.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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