Juneau, Alaska.

May 18, 2012 An open letter to the editor: Subject: Alaska Salmon Processors Clarify MSC Salmon Position 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 FAObased 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 Randy Crawford Boreal Fisheries, Inc.

Jim Erickson Alaska Glacier Seafood Larry Elliott E.C. Phillips & Sons

Larry Cotter APICDA (Bering Pacific) Tab Goto E&E Foods

Sandro Lane Alaska Protein Recovery Greg Favrato Favco, Inc.

Roger Stiles Great Pacific Seafood

George Adams Great Ruby Fish Company Rhonda Hubbard J & R Fisheries Mark Palmer Ocean Beauty Seafoods

Dennis Guhlke Icicle Seafoods

Hank Baumgart Icy Strait Seafood Izetta Chambers Naknek Family Fisheries Barry Collier Peter Pan Seafoods

Vincent Goddard
Inlet Fish Producers, Inc.

Jack Schultheis Kwik’PaK Fisheries John Whiddon Pacific Seafood Kodiak

Tomonobu Miki North Pacific Seafoods Tom McLaughlin Seafood Producers Coop Roland Briggs
Ugashik Wild Salmon Co.

Paul Dale Mark Tupper Snug Harbor Seafoods Triad Fisheries

Joe Bundrant Trident Seafoods

Doug Karlberg Yukon Gold

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