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An open letter to the editor: Alaska Salmon Processors Clarify MSC Salmon Position

Juneau, Alaska. May 18, 2012


Dear Editor,


On behalf of 27 Alaska salmon processing companies representing approximately 80% of the salmon caught in Alaska we would like to reaffirm our intent to withdraw support from MSC salmon certification. Recent press reports about the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association (PSVOA) becoming the client for MSC salmon certification have incorrectly suggested that we would rejoin the program.  Those reports are incorrect.


The announcement by PSVOA and the speculative statements that followed have created some confusion in the market place. We would like to clear up any misunderstanding.  We have no intention of supporting MSC certification for salmon beyond the 2012 production.  While we recognize that PSVOA has the right to become the client for MSC salmon, it should not be construed that we have changed our minds about this decision.  We fully support the FAO-based Responsible Fisheries Management certification that has been developed for the industry by ASMI and the State of Alaska. This fully accredited program responds to requests from many of our customers to provide a reasonable alternative to MSC certification.


We believe the action to withdraw from the MSC salmon scheme is in the best interest of the Alaska Salmon industry, an industry in which we have invested heavily for the future of Alaska, our fishermen, their families and our companies.



Skip Winfree

10th & M Seafoods

Dan Nomura

Alaska General Seafoods

Jim Erickson

Alaska Glacier Seafood

Larry Cotter

APICDA (Bering Pacific)


Sandro Lane

Alaska Protein Recovery


Randy Crawford

Boreal Fisheries, Inc.

Larry Elliott

E.C. Phillips & Sons

Tab Goto

E&E Foods


Greg Favretto

Favco, Inc.

Roger Stiles

Great Pacific Seafood

George Adams

Great Ruby Fish Company


Dennis Guhlke

Icicle Seafoods


Hank Baumgart

Icy Strait Seafood

Vincent Goddard

Inlet Fish Producers, Inc.


Rhonda Hubbard

J & R Fisheries


Jack Schultheis

Kwik’PaK Fisheries

Izetta Chambers

Naknek Family Fisheries

Tomonobu Miki

North Pacific Seafoods


Mark Palmer

Ocean Beauty Seafoods


John Whiddon

Pacific Seafood Kodiak


Barry Collier

Peter Pan Seafoods


Tom McLaughlin

Seafood Producers Coop


Paul Dale

Snug Harbor Seafoods

Mark Tupper

Triad Fisheries

Joe Bundrant

Trident Seafoods

Roland Briggs

Ugashik Wild Salmon Co.

Doug Karlberg

Yukon Gold