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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Wal-Mart announced Friday that it will continue purchasing Alaskan wild salmon after a four-month review of the state's Responsible Fisheries Management program.
 
Company officials toured Alaska earlier this month to see firsthand how the state handles its salmon industry, as part of Wal-Mart's public policy of keeping fisheries sustainable around the world.
 
Wal-Mart brought in The Sustainability Consortium to assist in its final decision on whether to continue purchasing Alaskan salmon. The organization based at the University of Arkansas made up of businesses, academic groups and nonprofits.
 
"Wal-Mart has proudly sourced seafood from the state of Alaska for many years, and under our newly revised sustainable sourcing policy, we will continue to do so," the company said in a statement.
 
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