After 10 years of certification, Gulf of Alaska cod will have its blue-sticker sustainability label suspended.
The MSC label is needed to sell salmon in certain European markets. The two groups have been going back and forth about the terms under which the new group can join.
The salmon processors at odds over who gets the blue-label sustainability certification needed to sell fish in certain European markets are expected to enter mediation next week.
For months, Wal-Mart and state officials have gone back and forth on whether Alaska salmon should be sold in their stores.
Last fall the MSC sustainability certification of Alaska’s commercial salmon fisheries was allowed to lapse after most of the major seafood processors that operate in the state pulled their support.
On Thursday, Wal-Mart announced that it will only be accepting frozen salmon products that carry the Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability label.
This week, McDonald’s doubled down on its commitment to Alaskan pollock. The chain announced that it will stop using other fish and switch to 100 percent Alaskan pollock in all 14,000 of its United States restaurants.