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Arkansas--Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has pledged that within three to five years all its wild-caught seafood will meet standards for sustainability set up by the nonprofit Marine Stewardship Council. Founded in 1997, the council grants a blue-and-white label to fisheries that have independent certification of sustainability.

How did this come about? S. Robson "Rob" Walton, son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, was on a scuba-diving trip at Cocos Island off Costa Rica when Peter Seligmann, cofounder of Conservation International, persuaded him to join the sustainability movement. Seligmann told Walton that his generosity wasn't enough to prevent the impoverishment of the oceans. He said, "It is important for us to discuss with the world's largest retailer the issue of supply chain and the impact it has positively and negatively on the resources of the world."

Walton, who is a major Wal-Mart shareholder and chairman of its board of directors, agreed to introduce Seligmann to Wal-Mart Chief Executive H. Lee Scott, Jr. A series of discussions led to a meeting in February 2006 at Wal-Mart's corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA. There, company officials announced to a gathering of conservationists and seafood suppliers that Wal-Mart would switch to wild-caught seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

It also pledged to push for improvements in the way farmed shrimp and salmon, its two most popular items, are raised. "We are the largest seafood retailer in the USA," said Peter Redmond, Wal-Mart's vice president for seafood and deli. "We have a pretty large footprint in everything we do. We have the kind of volume that could help a fishery make the move to sustainability."

Source: TheDay.com. Big Fish Vanishing Rapidly from Sea (http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=5502c53f-9f7d-45ea-a043-7ba1878ff928). By Los Times, Kenneth Weiss. December 4, 2006.

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