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Target eliminates farm-raised salmon from stores nationwide

January 26, 2010 |  3:02 pm

In an eco-friendly move, Target Corp. said today that it has eliminated all farmed salmon from its fresh, frozen and smoked seafood sections at stores nationwide. Salmon1

This decision includes Target’s own Archer Farms and Market Pantry brands and national brands. All salmon sold under Target-owned brands will now be wild-caught Alaskan salmon; the company also said sushi featuring farm-raised salmon would complete its transition to wild-caught salmon by the end of this year.

The discount retailer said it was “taking this important step to ensure that its salmon offerings are sourced in a sustainable way that helps to preserve abundance, species health and doesn’t harm local habitats.”

Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which worked with the retailer on changing its salmon offerings, said stocking seafood from “ocean-friendly sources” would improve fishing and fish-farming practices.

“Target’s decision to source sustainable wild-caught salmon, instead of farmed, will have a real impact in the marketplace -- and ultimately, on the health of our oceans,” Packard said.

Minneapolis-based Target operates 1,744 stores in 49 states.

-- Andrea Chang

Photo: Target's decision to stop selling farm-raised salmon will help fishing and fish-farming practices, experts say. Credit: Los Angeles Times