It’s big news. For the first time ever, the Food Marketing Institute, which represents 26,000 food retail stores and $680 billion in annual revenue, has spoken out on behalf of protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery – the largest wild salmon fishery in the world.
FMI, announced its support for an EPA study of the risks to the fishery in a recent letter to the EPA. “Since Bristol Bay is one of the world’s largest sustainable salmon fisheries, it plays an important role in the supply chain of a number of our wholesale and retail members,” said Erik Lieberman, Regulatory Counsel for FMI.
The watershed assessment is expected in April 2012. It will help determine future protective action by the EPA.