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Friday, May 6, 2022

Alaska Alaska Seafood Processors Pandemic Response Relief Program deadline extended KINY - May 5, 2022 Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Commerce has announced an updated deadline for the Alaska Seafood Processors Pandemic Response Relief Program. The department is extending the deadline to apply to Friday, May 20th. King crab hatcheries could be on Alaska’s horizon as mariculture bill moves past Legislature KUCB by Maggie Nelson - May 4, 2022 House Bill 41 would allow certain nonprofits to pursue mariculture enhancement or restoration projects for species of shellfish — like abalone, razor clams, sea cucumbers and king crab. House, Senate Finance Committees release their capital budgets Cordova Times - May 5, 2022 The Finance Committees in the Alaska House and Senate have released their capital budget, neither of which has moved out of committee, although there was a possibility they could later in the first week of May. Federal Subsistence Board deciding whether to federalize management of the Yukon River salmon fishery KYUK by Anna Rose MacArthur - May 4, 2022 The Federal Subsistence Board met on May 4 to decide whether to assume federal control of the Yukon River subsistence salmon fishery. The fishery is currently managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Alaska Fisheries Report May 5, 2022 KMXT - May 5, 2022 On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: A conversation with Arron Kallenberg about the Wild Alaskan Company’s million dollar donation to the Alaska Food Bank, plus Maggie Nelson reports on a groundbreaking mariculture bill in the state legislature. All are welcome to Blessing of the Fleet Cordova Times - May 5, 2022 The 2022 Blessing of the Fleet in Cordova from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6, welcomes people of all faiths and denominations, and will be broadcast over Channel 15. National Future of Fish gives tips for seafood industry's post- COVID-19 recovery Seafood Source by Emma Desrochers - May 4, 2022 San Francisco, California, U.S.A.-based Future of Fish has created a list of recommendations for the seafood industry, with the goal of helping it turn the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic into organization changes ensuring an environmentally sustainable, socially responsible, and economically viable wild-capture seafood industry. Seafood Organizations Are Helping Communities Meet Food Needs Yahoo Finance - May 5, 2022 WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ -- With the economic pressures of the past two years and rising prices across all goods, consumers are especially being hit hard when it comes to what they can afford to eat. Seafood Nutrition Partnership is highlighting some of its partners in the Seafood4Health Action Coalition and their programs that are giving back to communities and helping more Americans enjoy nutritious seafood. Secretary of Commerce allocates $144 million for fishery disasters Funds will support East and West coast communities impacted by fishery disasters from 2018 to 2021 NOAA Fisheries - May 5, 2022 Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced today the allocation of $144 million to Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (Washington State) that suffered fishery disasters between 2018 and 2021. USDA Looking to Buy Over 3.2 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - May 6, 2022 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shared its latest invitation for offers to sell pollock products to be used in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. In all, the USDA is looking for 3.2 million pounds of frozen Alaska pollock products including frozen fillets, frozen sticks, bulk containers and breaded frozen sticks. The USDA said acceptances will be announced by midnight on May 18 and deliveries are scheduled from September 1, 2022 through February 28, 2023. A quick breakdown shows the USDA looking for 1.14 million pounds of frozen breaded pollock sticks, about 1.47 million pounds of bulk frozen pollock in 49.5 lb. lots, 304K pounds of frozen pollock sticks and 304K pounds of frozen fillets. Fund the solicitation from the USDA here. The most recent USDA purchase of Alaska pollock products saw High Liner Foods and Trident Seafoods land top dollar for its pollock. In total, the USDA bought just over $5.7 million worth of frozen Alaska pollock fillets, nuggets and sticks. High Liner USA, sold over 380,000 pounds of pollock sticks for just over $1 million. Trident netted most of the bid with shy of 1.2 million pounds of Alaska product purchased for slightly more than $4.7 million. Craig Morris, CEO of the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), told SeafoodSource that this is the highest price per pound the USDA has ever paid for Alaska pollock products. On April 27, SeafoodNews covered the USDA’s invitation for offers for catfish products. In total, the USDA eyes 1.258 million pounds of catfish products. The majority is focused on the breaded catfish strips (840K pounds) and 418K pounds worth of raw catfish fillets. A few days later, a group of U.S. Senators and Representatives from Washington, Oregon and California pushed the USDA to continue to purchase seafood from the region. The delegation believes the region has not received its fair share of support through USDA purchasing programs, especially during the pandemic. “USDA’s procurement programs are critical for ensuring that our food production systems remain robust, essential workers remain employed, supply chains keep operating, and America’s nutritional needs are met,” the letter read. FYI’s Comment Period Ending on Proposed Regulations Revision for Pacific Halibut Fishermen's News - May 4, 2022 The National Marine Fisheries Service’s 14-day comment period on a proposed rule to revise regulations for individual fishing quote in Pacific halibut fisheries would remove limits on the maximum of halibut IFQ that may be harvested by a vessel in Areas 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D. Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail:; Website: Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. 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