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State Officials to Host Walmart Meetings

January 3, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Ahead of meetings between Walmart executives and state officials in Alaska next week, Governor Sean Parnell reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring Walmart’s customers will continue enjoying wild, natural, and sustainable seafood from Alaska.

“We are pleased to see Walmart continuing to work with the state on this critical issue,” Governor Parnell said. “This visit will give Walmart officials the opportunity to see firsthand the commitment to sustainable fisheries by Alaska’s seafood industry, including our fishermen, processors, and fisheries scientists. I look forward to continuing to work with Walmart.”

In a letter to Walmart incoming president and CEO Doug McMillon, Governor Parnell welcomed the company’s pledge to work toward a policy that supports the state’s commitment to sustainability, rather than a particular brand of seafood certification.

Governor Parnell, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Commissioner Susan Bell, Special Assistant to the Governor Stefanie Moreland, and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Executive Director Mike Cerne will host the Walmart delegation in Juneau.

A copy of Governor Parnell’s letter to Doug McMillon is available at:
http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/resources_files/letter010314.pdf

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