Alaska fishermen protest Wal-Mart decision

September 4, 2013 • Business

Greg Gabriel, executive director of the Northwest and Alaska Seiners Association, protests outside a Wal-Mart in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. He and other fishermen protested against Wal-Mart’s corporate policy of only buying seafood that has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, a program that many large Alaska processors have dropped. Alaska and seafood industry leaders planned to meet with Wal-Mart officials on Sept. 5, 2013, in Bentonville, Ark., to discuss an alternate certification program being implemented in Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nearly 40 Alaska fishermen protested Wednesday outside an Anchorage Wal-Mart store, upset with a decision by the company about how it buys seafood.

Holding signs like “Buy American? Start with Alaska Salmon” and “Walmart should be WILD about sustainable ALASKA SALMON,” the protesters received honks from passing motorists in south Anchorage.

The protest came a day before Alaska state and seafood industry officials were to meet with executives of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., at the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.

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