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Sep 28 - China’s Pollock Processing Business Recovering as H1 Imports from Russia Doubled


Sep 27 - Russian Fish Exporters Hope to Restore Positions in Chinese Market This Year


Sep 9 - Hokkaido Land-Based Surimi Production Continued to Fall and Down 30% in July


Sep 2 - Wild Alaska Pollock Meeting To Feature Industry Leaders Discussing “Then and Now”


Aug 25 - At-sea Processors Association Lands FISH Standard for Crew Certification For 14-Vessel Fleet


Aug 25 - Trident Seafoods Refreshes Alaska Naturals Pet Product with More Alaska Pollock


Aug 17 - GAPP To Reveal Consumer Awareness, Familiarity Survey Results at 4th Annual Meeting


Aug 11 - AK Updates: Lots of Fishing Going on Besides Salmon


Aug 2 - GAPP Still Seeking Proposals For Global Partnership Program


Jul 26 - Celebrity Chef Antonia Lofaso to Deliver Keynote Address at Wild Alaska Pollock Meeting


Jul 20 - Albertsons Recalls Various ReadyMeals Featuring Shrimp, Crab, Surimi


Jul 18 - Russia to Speed Implementation of Second Stage of Reform to Compete With US in Global Pollock Market


Jul 11 - Judge Dissolves Earlier Injunction Against Fines For Moving Pollock on 100-Foot Railway in Canada


Jun 30 - Trident Seafoods Brings Home Most of $26 Million USDA Pollock Purchase


Jun 28 - U.S. and Russian Frozen Pollock Roe Price Spike by 20-30%


Jun 23 - Shipping Companies Push Back Against CBP Motion to Reinstitute Fines in Jones Act Pollock Case


Jun 21 - Hokkaido Fishermen on Verge of Serious Loss Due to Russia’s Decision to Suspend Fisheries Agreement


Jun 17 - GAPP Appoints Global Seas CEO Bob Desautel As Board Chairman


Jun 17 - Russia Increasing Domestic Output of Pollock Products


Jun 15 - Latest USDA Purchase Request Calls for 7.6 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock


Jun 14 - GAPP to Hold 4th Annual Wild Alaska Pollock Meeting in October; SeafoodNews Editor to MC


Jun 13 - Judge Denies CBP Push to Remove Injunction in BCR Route Pollock Case


Jun 7 - CBP Wants to Reinstitute Fines in American Seafoods Jones Act Case


Jun 6 - GAPP Seeking Proposals For Next Round of Partnership Program Funding


Jun 6 - April Pollock Surimi Production Keeps Slowing Down in Hokkaido


Jun 2 - April Salted Fish Roe Sales at Tokyo Central Wholesale Markets Better Than a Year Ago


May 31 - Russian Crab Sector to Face Dark Ages


May 20 - Foreign Fishermen Unable to Begin Catch in Russian Territorial Waters This Year


May 19 - USDA Spends Just Shy of $10 Million in Latest Alaska Pollock Purchase


May 17 - These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020


May 6 - USDA Looking to Buy Over 3.2 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock


May 6 - Hokkaido March Surimi Production Slow Down in Pollock, Atka Mackerel Up 5-Times YOY


May 6 - Russia Sharply Increases Manufacture of Pollock Products This Year


May 4 - Tokyo Central Wholesale Market Salted Fish Roe Sales Up In Pollock Roe, Down In Salmon Roe Products


May 2 - Russia Considering Taking Measures for Prevention of Fish and Seafood Shortage in Domestic Market


Apr 26 - JAPAN: U.S. Alaska Pollock Surimi Price May Rise 50-70 Yen Per Kilo


Apr 19 - Russia to Face Shortage of Salmon and Other Premium Fish in Domestic Market This Year


Apr 18 - Japan: February Surimi Production in Hokkaido 700 MT, Up 31%


Apr 14 - Tokyo Central Wholesale Market February Fish Roe Sales: Ikura Salmon Caviar Price 15% Lower


Apr 13 - VIDEO: Watch Us Eat Wild Alaska Pollock Fish Jerky From Neptune Snacks


Apr 13 - Russian Fish Processors Call on State to Limit Fish Exports From Russia


Apr 11 - Japan: February Imports Continued to Rise In Value, Down In Volume Except Russia


Apr 7 - GAPP Announces New Partnership Program With Trident Seafoods, Nordstrom Restaurants


Apr 7 - Japan’s Russian Seafood Imports: 10% of Total Imports May Disappear


Apr 6 - REPORT: Fish Imports To Russia Will Decline By At Least 30% This Year


Apr 1 - Russia to Revise Quotas With U.S. in Bering Sea


Mar 29 - Russia May Consider Introduction of State Regulation Over Fish Prices in Domestic Market


Mar 28 - Asian Seafood Markets Get Into Trouble During the Russia-Ukraine War


Mar 24 - USDA Pays Top Dollar to Trident, High Liner in Latest Alaska Pollock Purchase


Mar 22 - GAPP Says New Report Shows Top Future Markets for Wild Alaska Pollock


Mar 22 - Russian Fishermen Call for Postponement of Next Auctions for 10 Years Due to Tough Sanctions


Mar 9 - GAPP Launching First-Ever National Sustained Marketing Program


Mar 7 - ANALYSIS: Uncertainty and Pressure Mount for Alaska Pollock


Mar 2 - A Look at the Most Popular Seafood During Lent


Mar 1 - Lent 2022: What 10 QSRs and Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering On Their Menus This Year


Feb 28 - The Winding Glass: Seafood Price Volatility Looms as Russian Bank Sanctions Hit Crab, Groundfish


Feb 24 - Wendy’s Bringing Back Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich for 2022 Lenten Season


Feb 23 - Long John Silver’s Launches Lent Shrimp Promotions, Online Ordering for Pick-up


Feb 22 - Shrimp Nibblers Back at White Castle, But Crab Cake Sliders Don’t Make 2022 Lent Offering


Feb 16 - Pet Protein Manufacturer NORPEL Opens New Processing Facility in Pennsylvania; Partners With GAPP


Feb 16 - Russia Posts Almost 30% Increase of Pollock Catch This Year Despite Problems With Supplies


Feb 11 - Super Bowl 2022: Food Ideas, Snack Dips And Other Easy Seafood Dishes to Bring to the Party


Feb 4 - Japan: 2021 Exports Double in Frozen Scallops, Frozen Yellowtail Up 60%


Feb 3 - Numerous Russian Crab and Seafood Producers on Brink of Bankruptcy


Feb 2 - Maruha Nichiro Acquires Assets of Alaska Pollock Operations From Icicle Seafoods


Feb 2 - 2021 Hokkaido Surimi Production 12,889 Tons, 2.1% Less Than A Year Ago


Jan 31 - Daisui Begins Selling High-Quality Russian Pollock Surimi for Top-Notch Kamaboko


Jan 25 - OBI Seafoods Takes Home Big Chunk of $60 Million USDA Salmon, Pollock Purchase


Jan 21 - Wild Alaska Pollock Nets MSC 2021 Ocean Champion Award


Jan 21 - Russian Pollock Producers Post $400 Million in Losses Due to China Market Closure


Jan 10 - Fish Factor: Alaska Fishing; Halibut Watch; COVID Cans Ketchikan; Good Global Outlook


Jan 6 - JAPAN: November Hokkaido Surimi Production Up 52.6% Year-On-Year


Jan 5 - NMFS Revises TAC Amounts For Gulf of Alaska Pollock, Pacific Cod


Jan 4 - Japan’s November Exports Fall 11% In Volume, Up 26% In Value


Jan 3 - Russia Will Consider Suspension of Controversial Reform of Domestic Fish Sector


Dec 29 - Japan’s National Brand Surimi Product Manufacturers To Raise Prices in 2022


Dec 28 - Alaska Fish Radio: AK Fish Catches, Revenues For 2020 Mostly Leave The State


Dec 27 - November Salted Herring Roe Sales Increase at the Tokyo Central Wholesale Markets Amid Price Rise


Dec 23 - Russian Fish Market Faced With New Threat of Consolidation in 2023


Dec 23 - Alaska Fish Radio: Fishing Updates, December 2021


Dec 22 - Surimi Producer to Undergo Brand Overhaul to Focus on Benefits of Alaska Pollock


Dec 20 - The Winding Glass: 2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths


Dec 15 - China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics


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China’s Pollock Processing Business Recovering as H1 Imports from Russia Doubled

According to the Hokkaido Trawl Fisheries Cooperative Federation, China's Russian pollock business, which was temporarily depressed due to the new coronavirus, is heading for a complete recovery, reported Suisan Keizai.

In the first half of this year (January to June), China imported about 340,400 tons of frozen Alaska pollock, double that of last year. The fish seems to be primarily dressed pollock from Russia. The average CIF price of Russian fish imported by China from January to July was $1,280 per ton, and the single month...

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Russian Fish Exporters Hope to Restore Positions in Chinese Market This Year  

Russia continues to work on the diversification of the geography of its fish exports as sanctions pressure on the country tightens.   

Despite the unprecedented pressure, which is put on the Russian fish sector this year, according to some local state officials, it still stays afloat.   

According to Russia’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Sergey Levin, Russia currently remains one of the world’s top 10 largest exporters of fish and seafood. Last year it accounted for 4% in value terms.   

As some markets were closed for...

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Wild Alaska Pollock Meeting To Feature Industry Leaders Discussing “Then and Now”

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is hosting their fourth annual meeting on October 17, 2022 at the Westin Seattle. Closing out the meeting will be a discussion about the evolution of the Wild Alaska Pollock fishery, featuring Wally Pereyra, Chairman of Arctic Storm Management Group; Doug Christensen, President & CEO of Arctic Storm; and Jim Johnson, president & CEO of Glacier Fish Company. The panel discussion will be moderated by GAPP Chairman of the Board and President & CEO of Global Seas, Bob Desautel...

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Trident Seafoods Refreshes Alaska Naturals Pet Product with More Alaska Pollock

A brand refresh is in store for Trident Seafoods’ Alaska Naturals Wild Alaska Fish Oil Food Toppers for Dogs.

Trident announced that the Alaska Naturals products will feature Wild Alaska Pollock as an expanded ingredient. The company believes the move solidifies its commitment to getting the most out of every fish its harvests.

The new packaging and brand refresh will be on display at SuperZoo, booth 3574, in Las Vegas this month. Trident said its other pet products, including a Wild Alaska Pollock...

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AK Updates: Lots of Fishing Going on Besides Salmon

Alaska’s salmon catches have slowed for the past two weeks but the pace of the fishery remains ahead of last year’s harvest.

The statewide salmon catch as of August 10 was approaching 124.4 million fish. That’s nearly 78% of the  preseason projection of 160.5 million salmon for the 2022 season.

Besides salmon, lots of other Alaska fisheries are underway from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea.

A small fleet of beam trawlers (one of the state’s oldest fisheries) is back on the water in Southeast targeting over 600,000 pounds of...

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Celebrity Chef Antonia Lofaso to Deliver Keynote Address at Wild Alaska Pollock Meeting

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) announced on Tuesday that acclaimed Los Angeles TV personality and celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso will be delivering the keynote address at the October 17, 2022 annual meeting, taking place at the Westin Seattle. 

“We couldn’t be more excited for a chef of Antonia’s caliber to grace our stage during our fourth annual meeting,” said Craig Morris, Chief Executive Officer of GAPP. “It’s no secret that Wild Alaska Pollock has often struggled to penetrate menus at...

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Russia to Speed Implementation of Second Stage of Reform to Compete With US in Global Pollock Market

Russia needs to speed implementation of a second stage of the distribution of investment fishing quotas in order to successfully compete with the U.S. in the global market of pollock and pollock products, according to recent statements made by representatives of some leading Russian fish producers and local media reports.

As Aleksey Osintsev, President of the Russian Association of Shipowners of the Fishing Fleet, said in an interview with the Russian Kommersant business paper, implementation of these plans cannot be delayed, otherwise...

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Trident Seafoods Brings Home Most of $26 Million USDA Pollock Purchase

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchased over 7.6 million pounds of Alaska pollock products for just shy of $26 million with Trident Seafoods taking home the majority of the contracts.

Specifically, the USDA bought 7.638 million pounds of frozen Alaska pollock products. The purchase award description from the USDA said 1.406 million pounds worth of frozen pollock fillets were purchased, 912k pounds worth of frozen nuggets and 5.32 million pounds of frozen pollock sticks were purchased.

In total, $25,911,683 worth of product was bought by...

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Shipping Companies Push Back Against CBP Motion to Reinstitute Fines in Jones Act Pollock Case

Klooesterboer International Forwarding (KIF) and Alaska Reefer Management (ARM), a pair of American Seafoods-affiliated shipping companies have urged the court to keep the Bayside Canadian Rail route in operation during the litigation process that involves pollock shipments heading across the country.

A motion filed by KIF and ARM opposed a recent motion filed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) which would dissolve an injunction that halted the CBP from issuing fines on the shipping firms using the route...

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GAPP Appoints Global Seas CEO Bob Desautel As Board Chairman

Global Seas CEO Bob Desautel has been named Chairman of the Board for the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP). Desautel will be replacing out-going chair Mikel Durham of American Seafoods, who was pivotal in securing the increased industry investment for GAPP four years ago.

“It’s been incredible to watch the new GAPP Strategic Plan come to life over the last several years,” said Desautel. “In conversations with industry, with customers, and with even friends and family, their knowledge of Wild Alaska Pollock has markedly...

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Latest USDA Purchase Request Calls for 7.6 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invited offers to sell pollock products for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs under Section 32.

The solicitation shows that the USDA wants to buy a total of 7,638,000 pounds of Alaska pollock products. It is eyeing 5,320,000 pounds of frozen Alaska pollock sticks, 912K pounds of frozen Alaska pollock nuggets and just over 1.4 million pounds of frozen Alaska pollock fillets.

Acceptances will be announced by midnight, June 28, 2022. Deliveries...

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Judge Denies CBP Push to Remove Injunction in BCR Route Pollock Case

U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason denied the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)'s push to remove an injunction that allowed Alaskan pollock companies to continue to use the Bayside Canadian Rail (BCR), a 100-foot railway, without fear of fines while the case was still in court.

The CBP filed a motion in court earlier this month calling for Gleason to remove the injunction because the judge had ruled that the transportation of frozen seafood on the BCR Route does not comply with the Third Proviso of the...

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GAPP Seeking Proposals For Next Round of Partnership Program Funding

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is once again looking for “cutting edge” proposals for their next round of Partnership Program funding. This time around GAPP has expanded the program to focus on global opportunities for wild Alaska pollock, with specific emphasis on project ideas in “growth areas” for the fish as identified through GAPP’s proprietary research.

“The global food sector is now, perhaps more than ever, ripe for disruptive innovation and break-through promotions,” said Craig Morris, GAPP CEO...

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April Salted Fish Roe Sales at Tokyo Central Wholesale Markets Better Than a Year Ago

Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market sales of salted fish roe in April increased from the same month of the previous year, except for ikura salmon caviar, which remained high. In particular, salted Pollock roe and spicy Pollock roe continued to expand as their handling increased despite the high unit price, reported Suisan Keizai.

Sujiko salted salmon roe

Sales centered on high-cost carry-over inventory, but in April, there was a slight increase in sales...

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Foreign Fishermen Unable to Begin Catch in Russian Territorial Waters This Year

Foreign fishermen are unable to begin their catch in the Russian territorial waters this year due to ongoing military conflict between Ukraine and Russia and sanctions, imposed on the latter.

The biggest problems are currently observed in the case of pollock fishermen from South Korea, which traditionally begin their fishing season in Russia in the middle of May. There is a high possibility that their fishing season in Russia will fail this year, as most fishermen have not even been able to transfer funds for...

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These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020

Seafood consumption figures are in for 2020, revealing how the pandemic helped - and hurt - the industry.

When the coronavirus began spreading in the U.S. in early 2020, the government took extreme lockdown measures, shutting down all non-essential businesses. While restaurants were allowed to remain open, their dining rooms were closed. This was a major blow to the seafood industry, where fish and shellfish thrived at dine-in. However, retail seafood purchases did increase with many people using the lockdown to learn how to...

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Hokkaido Land-Based Surimi Production Continued to Fall and Down 30% in July

According to a summary of land-based surimi produced in Hokkaido announced by the National Surimi Association, production in July remained sluggish for Alaska pollock surimi, and production fell below the same month of the previous year for five consecutive months. The cumulative decline from January to July has expanded from the previous month, remaining at a more than 10% lower than the same period of the previous year, reported Suisan Keizai.

In July, the main product, Alaska pollock surimi, was 603 tons, down 34.1% from...

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At-sea Processors Association Lands FISH Standard for Crew Certification For 14-Vessel Fleet

The At-sea Processors Association (APA)’s catcher-processor fleet has achieved FISH Standard for Crew certification.

The certification focuses on labor practices aboard fishing vessels. APA’s now-certified 14-vessel fleet harvests Alaska Pollock and Pacific hake which provides billions of seafood meals for consumers in both the U.S. and abroad every year.

“Our employees are at the core of our operations,” said Jim Johnson, who serves as APA President and is also President & CEO of Glacier Fish Company, one of APA’s five members...

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GAPP To Reveal Consumer Awareness, Familiarity Survey Results at 4th Annual Meeting

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is on a mission to make Wild Alaska Pollock a household name. But how do U.S. consumers really feel about the fish?

For the fourth year, Ketchum PR will be presenting the results of the annual survey to measure U.S. consumer awareness and familiarity with Wild Alaska Pollock at the annual Wild Alaska Pollock meeting, which is taking place in Seattle on October 17, 2022.

“These results are not only GAPP’s ‘report card’ but the compass that guides our industry’s...

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GAPP Still Seeking Proposals For Global Partnership Program

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is still seeking cutting-edge proposals for their next round of Partnership Program funding, but time is ticking on this opportunity.

SeafoodNews reported in early June that GAPP had expanded their successful program to focus on global opportunities for wild Alaska Pollock. In its fourth year the GAPP Partnership Program has more than $6.5 million in funds to launch new Wild Alaska Pollock products. Proposals could be for fillets, surimi, roe, fishmeal or oil. While the proposals can come from any segment...

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Albertsons Recalls Various ReadyMeals Featuring Shrimp, Crab, Surimi

Retailer Albertsons Companies announced that it recalled three ReadyMeals seafood items that were prepared in stores due to undeclared allergens.

Albertsons said the recall was initiated following an internal technical review that identified missing ingredients containing allergens.

The select ReadyMeals seafood items were available for purchase at the following Albertsons Cos. store banners: ACME, Albertsons, Andronico’s Community Markets, Balducci’s, Carrs-Safeway, Eagle, Jewel-Osco, King’s, Pak ‘N Save, Safeway, Shaw’s, Star Market and Vons.

The specified store banners are located in the following states...

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Judge Dissolves Earlier Injunction Against Fines For Moving Pollock On 100-Foot Railway in Canada

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is no longer constrained from issuing fines to a pair of American Seafoods-affiliated shipping companies if they continue to use the Bayside Canadian Railway (BCR) route to deliver Bering Sea pollock to east coast markets.

In U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason’s latest ruling last Thursday, Klooesterboer International Forwarding (KIF) and Alaska Reefer Management (ARM) will no longer be protected from fines by the court’s earlier injunction against CBP.

"The movement of merchandise out and-back ...

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U.S. and Russian Frozen Pollock Roe Price Spike by 20-30%

The bid price for the 2022 A season of frozen Alaska pollock roe produced in the United States has skyrocketed. According to a major trading company, the median bid price was 1250 to 1300 yen/kg ($9.23-9.60/kg) for standard FAS pollock roe, 30% higher than the same season last year. Land-frozen roe was 1150 yen/kg ($8.49/kg), 90% higher. The price increase in land-frozen products is conspicuous because it was not listed in the first bid session (March 8-9)...

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Hokkaido Fishermen on Verge of Serious Loss Due to Russia’s Decision to Suspend Fisheries Agreement

The Japanese fishermen from the island of Hokkaido are on the verge of massive bankruptcies due to the recent decision of the Russian government to suspend the existing Fisheries Agreement with Japan.  

According to analysts, the biggest negative impact of such a move will be on Japanese fishermen from the island of Hokkaido, which is located in close proximity to the Kuril Islands. These waters were traditionally used by Japanese for the annual catch of hundreds tonnes of cod, octopus and crabs annually...

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Russia Increasing Domestic Output of Pollock Products

Russia is actively increasing domestic output of pollock products as the demand for them is steadily growing both in the domestic market and abroad.  

As Alexey Buglak, head of the Russian Pollock Association, said in an interview with the Russian Fishnews magazine, the biggest growth this season was observed in case of pollock fillets, which output has grown by 50% compared to the previous year. A significant growth was also observed in case of mince and surimi, made from pollock.  

According to estimates of Buglak, the share of pollock, which was sent...

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GAPP to Hold 4th Annual Wild Alaska Pollock Meeting in October; SeafoodNews Editor to MC

The fourth annual Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers’ (GAPP) Wild Alaska Pollock meeting will take place in Seattle on October 17, the group announced on June 14.

The meeting will be held at the Westin Seattle and bring together representatives from all areas of the Wild Alaska Pollock industry. Marketing experts, and visionary speakers will also be present that will work to tackle industry challenges.

The theme for the 2022 meeting is “Strategically Building Awareness and Demand for the Perfect Protein...

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CBP Wants to Reinstitute Fines in American Seafoods Jones Act Case

After a U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a case involving American Seafoods affiliates for violating the Jones Act last month, the CBP is looking to reinstate fines for the violations.

Prior to the ruling, District Judge Sharon L. Gleason ordered an injunction that halted fines from the CBP on the shipping companies affiliated with American Seafoods that were using a 100-foot railway to comply with a Jones Act waiver on shipments from Alaska to the East Coast...

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April Pollock Surimi Production Keeps Slowing Down in Hokkaido

The April production of land-based surimi from Hokkaido announced by the National Surimi Manufacturers Association dropped sharply in Alaska pollock surimi. The January-April cumulative total was almost the same as the previous year. Suisan Keizai Shimbun reported that the strong performance until February was utterly overshadowed, and the growth rate of Atka mackerel slowed down.

Production in April was 514 tons for Alaska pollock surimi, down 19.3% from the same month of the previous year and decreased by 20% for the second consecutive month. Atka mackerel surimi...

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Russian Crab Sector to Face Dark Ages  

The Russian crab sector is on the verge of collapse due to the forthcoming introduction of the U.S. ban on the imports of crab from Russia and the lack of suitable alternatives for the re-direction of crab supplies from the country.   

According to the Russian Kommersant business paper, so far, several leading domestic crab producers have reported serious difficulties with the sale of frozen crab to the US market. According to them, serious problems with the deliveries to the US and the EU -  which together accounted for up to 48% of all...

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USDA Spends Just Shy of $10 Million in Latest Alaska Pollock Purchase

The latest purchase award description from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that it bought over 3.2 million pounds of Alaska pollock products for just shy of $10 million.

Back on May 4, the USDA shared its latest invitation for offers to sell pollock products as it eyed frozen fillets, frozen sticks, bulk containers and breaded frozen sticks.

Nearly all of the purchase came from Trident Seafoods which sold 3,094,400 lbs. of pollock products for $9,690,268. Meanwhile, American Seafoods sold 118,000...

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