(The following guest commentary was sent to IntraFish by Christy Walton, a backer of aquaculture investment group Cuna del Mar and the daughter-in-law of Walmart founder Sam Walton.)

I am writing to provide my perspective on the Seafood Watch decision to red list the US lobster industry, as well as call out what I consider to be the negative influence of certain members in the NGO community regarding the aquaculture sector.

Seafood Watch’s designation not only ruined our sales on the West Coast, but showed it has no regard for the development process of new species and technologies that the world needs as we transition from wild-catch.