Trident Seafoods and other companies vying to get back into Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Alaska salmon group, the Alaska Salmon Processors Association (ASPA), are yet to respond on an offer made last week.

Last week, ASPA offered to let salmon processors looking to rejoin the eco-label do so, at the cost of 3% of the first wholesale price of their salmon going to ASPA members.

Now, it has instead requested to take the case to an independent arbitrator.

"We've had no definitive statement from the Trident group on either the offer, or arbitration," Rob Zuanich, ASPA member and managing partner with Silver Bay Seafoods, told Undercurrent News.

Failing the acceptance of this offer -- to pay 3% of wholesale prices in order to gain the use of the MSC label -- ASPA wishes to take the case to an arbitration. In this instance, an arbitrator's decision would be binding and final..

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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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