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PROTEST ALERT: Alaska Fishermen Protest at Anchorage Walmart

Katie Hill< katieh@bljworldwide.com> To: wloy61@gmail.com Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 7:13 AM

PROTEST ALERT
“WALMART SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE ON ALASKA SALMON” SAY ALASKA FISHERMEN AT PLANNED PROTEST OF WALMART Demand change of Walmart policy that denies millions of Americans access to sustainable Alaskan seafood What: In a massive show of strength, scores of hard working fishing families from across Alaska, along with other interested parties and representatives of the Alaska seafood industry, will converge on Walmart’s South Anchorage store this Wednesday to demand the nation’s largest grocery retailer do what is right and correct its policy that denies millions of Americans access to the world’s gold standard of sustainable seafood, Alaska salmon, and instead forces foreign salmon from Russia and elsewhere onto their plates.

The protest will takes place one day before senior Alaska government officials will meet with Walmart sustainability executives to explain the comprehensive state fisheries management laws that Alaska has followed and have made Alaskan seafood the international gold standard for responsibly managed fisheries for more than five decades—including enabling this year’s most successful overall salmon season in the history of Alaska. Who: Available spokespeople from the participating Alaska fishermen include:    John Renner, Vice President, Cordova District Fishermen United (CDFU) Greg Gabriel, President of the Northwest Alaska Seiners Association (NASA) Jack Hopkins, Native Prince William Sound Fisherman

When: 10:00AM (AKDT), Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Where: Walmart, 8900 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK Why: Walmart, the largest grocery supplier in the U.S., shocked many earlier this year when it announced its policy to only sell salmon products with sustainable certification labeling from a European NGO that receives much of its funding from Walmart and its affiliated foundation. This monopolistic, profit-driven, anti-American, and anti-environmental policy means millions of U.S. consumers no longer have access to wild Alaska salmon, recognized around the world as the goldstandard in sustainably and responsibly managed fisheries, and which adheres to not only state and federal sustainability guidelines but also United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization-based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. ### For Media Inquiries, please contact Katie Hill at KatieH@bljworldwide.com/ 1-212-486-7070, or John Renner at 1-907-632-2536

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