Target stops selling farmed salmon in US

Target has removed all farmed salmon from its fresh, frozen, and smoked seafood offerings in all of

This announcement includes Target owned brands - Archer Farms and Market Pantry - and US national brands.

Greg Duppler, senior vice president of merchandising at Target, said: "Target strives to be a responsible steward of the environment, while also providing our guests with the highest-quality food choices. Our guests now have an array of sustainable seafood choices at great prices."

All salmon sold under Target owned brands will now be wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Additionally, sushi featuring farm-raised salmon will complete its transition to wild-caught salmon by the end of 2010.

The company said that by partnering with Monterey Bay Aquarium, it is taking this 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.

Many salmon farms impact the environment in numerous ways - pollution, chemicals, parasites and non-native farmed fish that escape from salmon farms all affect the natural habitat and the native salmon in the surrounding areas.

Wild-caught salmon from Alaska is certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Target currently offers sustainable salmon under its owned brands which include Archer Farms Smoked Sockeye Salmon, Archer Farms Hot Smoked Pepper Salmon, Archer Farms Cajun Smoked Sockeye Salmon, Market Pantry Crab Stuffed Salmon Roulade, Market Pantry Florentine Salmon Roulade and Market Pantry Keta Salmon Side.