The largest grocery supplier in the U.S. is Wal-Mart. As a matter of fact the company is the largest retailer on earth. On Thursday Wal-Mart announced that it will only be accepting frozen salmon products that carry the Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability label. Last year most of the major seafood processors that do business in Alaska withdrew their support for the MSC label resulting in no certification for this year’s salmon pack out of Alaska. That–coupled with Wal-Mart’s decision to only stock MSC certified–seems to indicate that frozen salmon products made with salmon from Alaska will not be available on Wal-Mart store shelves this year.
KDLG’s Mike Mason has the full story here.
- More than 5,000 people may come to the Fairbanks area over the next four years as part of the move to base two squadrons of F-35 fighters at Eielson Air Force Base. The latest estimate announced Monday is well above the previous estimate of 3,500. The bigger population increase is expected to place a greater burden on local services.
- Blue king crabs around the Pribilof Islands are getting their first major assessment in more than 30 years.
- A new court case argues that the way in which state juries are selected in Alaska discriminates against rural, Native communities. The case could significantly impact the Delta’s court system if it’s successful.