Alaska salmon gets eco-label

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska salmon is the first U.S. fishery to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as sustainable.

That means Alaska salmon now is eligible to bear the label of the non-governmental group, which is working with fisheries worldwide to support healthier oceans.

The council restricts its label to fisheries that meet strict standards of sustainability. The label lets consumers know the seafood is not being overfished and was harvested in ways that don't harm the ocean.

Brendan May, chief executive of the council, said the group was delighted to give Alaska salmon its stamp of approval.

''With its high-profile and international market penetration, it is the perfect product to carry our eco-label, telling consumers that it is the best environmental choice in seafood,'' he said.

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