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Alaska GAPP Seeking Proposals For Next Round of Partnership Program Funding Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - June 6, 2022 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. “Are you a dreamer that’s looking to bring a new idea to fruition using arguably the most perfect, sustainable and nutritious protein on the planet as the ‘not-so-secret’ ingredient? Do you already feature and lova Wild Alaska Pollock and want to make an even bigger splash with consumers around the world? This program is designed to partner with you for our mutual benefit and to give consumers what they’re hungry for.” This is the fourth year of the GAPP Partnership Program. More than $6.5 million dollars of matching funds have been allocated to launch new wild Alaska pollock products. And GAPP is ready to welcome proposals from any organization and in any country that has a desire to build awareness and demand for wild Alaska pollock. For GAPP, the goal is to “communicate the species’ storied attributes, with particular focus on bringing this fish into new channels, new formats, or associating it with new influencers and/or recipes.” Proposals could be for fillets, surimi, roe, fishmeal or oil. While the proposals can come from any segment, GAPP has a particular interest this year in programs that highlight Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) fillets, surimi seafood products, row or fish oil at retail. And the sky is really the limit when it comes to wild Alaska pollock being used as an ingredient. Proposals could be for snacks, pastas or pet food. GAPP also has an interest in the restaurant space, so programs in fast-casual or corporate restaurants will “be viewed with added interest.” “We’ve launched several restaurant programs over the last several years and learned that opportunities for mouthwatering wild Alaska pollock dishes are strong,” added Morris. “When chefs get their hands on this incredible species, the ideas and dishes are boundless because of wild Alaska Pollock’s versatility, value and unmatched sustainability story. Last September GAPP announced funding for 20 new partnerships to broaden demand for Wild Alaska Pollock in North America and Europe. Over $1.6 million was allotted to 14 companies, including Okuhara Foods of Hawaii, as well as Gorton’s Seafood, High Liner Foods and Neptune Snacks. All proposals are due to GAPP by August 12, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed by the GAPP Partnership Program Committee and the Board of Directors. Funding announcements will be made in mid-September. Those looking for more information can join an informational webinar taking place on July 11, 2022 at 11 a.m. PDT. Register here. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1227354/GAPP-Seeking-Proposals-For-Next-Round-of-Partnership-Program-Funding Environment/Science EPA will fund water quality monitoring in Alaska Cordova Times - June 5, 2022 The Environmental Protection Agency plans to award grants totaling $160.670 to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to develop and implement beach monitoring programs to ensure against bacteria and local pollution sources. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2022/06/05/epa-will-fund-water-quality-monitoring-in-alaska/ Labeling and Marketing 3MMI - Alaska Sockeye Most Environmentally Friendly Food TradexFoods - June 6, 2022 In this week’s episode we provide as much insight as possible (at this point in time) on the upcoming Salmon market, AND we also show how fisheries scientist and professor Ray Hilborn arrived at the conclusion that Alaska Sockeye is one of the Most Environmentally Friendly Forms of Food. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQnHpMSSqWg Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Request for Information on Bristol Bay Red King Crab Mortality Mitigation Measures A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/06/2022 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting information from the public on ways to reduce fishing related mortality for Bristol Bay red king crab (BBRKC). Information from commercial fishing sectors is critical to that effort and, therefore, the Council is seeking public input. This notice invites the public to submit written comments on the topic generally and in response to specific questions outlined below. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/06/06/2022-12135/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-request-for-information-on-bristol-bay-red-king Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/06/2022 NMFS issues regulations to remove limits on the maximum amount of halibut individual fishing quota (IFQ) that may be harvested by a vessel, commonly known as vessel use caps, in IFQ regulatory Areas 4A (Eastern Aleutian Islands), 4B (Central and Western Aleutian Islands), 4C (Central Bering Sea), and 4D (Eastern Bering Sea). This action is needed to provide additional flexibility to IFQ participants in 2022 to ensure allocations of halibut IFQ can be harvested by the limited number of vessels operating in these areas. This action is within the authority of the Secretary of Commerce to establish additional regulations governing the taking of halibut that are in addition to, and not in conflict with, those adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the IFQ Program, the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (Halibut Act), and other applicable laws. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/06/06/2022-12079/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail: admin@pspafish.net; Website: www.pspafish.net 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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