I've always known that much of the oil from Alaska's North Slope is tanked to foreign markets, but this morning, buried in a story about Walmart dumping the London-based Marine Stewardship Council certification for sustainability in favor of a less-expensive, home-grown standard from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, I discovered a similar case with Alaskan seafood with a Walmart connection.
The new seafood items are not only caught in Alaska, but processed in Alaska or the Pacific Northwest and proudly carry a “Made in the U.S.A.” stamp emblazoned on the packaging. This is significant as a large portion of Alaska seafood travels to Chinese processors before it ends up on American dinner plates. China is Alaska’s largest primary seafood export market, with one-third of Alaskan exports destined for China. Importers either keep the product for domestic consumption, market it to European or east Asian markets, or sell it back to the U.S.
The story about the switch from the MSC to the ASMI standards is fascinating and I look forward to readers sharing their fish stories the way many in the past have commented on Walmart's meats.

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