National Fisherman

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

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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