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Monday, March 18, 2024

Monday, March 18, 2024


Alaska Trident calls for support of Outlaw Ocean Project Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman -March 15, 2024 Trident Seafoods CEO Joe Bundrant has come out in full support of a non-profit journalism organization that investigates human rights, labor, and environmental concerns in the seafood industry, particularly in the Chinese seafood sector. Environment/Science State lawsuit claims federal government owes Alaska $700 billion for quashing Pebble mine A complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is part of a series of lawsuits seeking to overturn the EPA decision barring development of the controversial mine

Alaska Beacon by Yereth Rosen - March 15, 2024 

The federal government owes Alaska more than $700 billion in compensation for the 2023 Environmental Protection Agency action that blocked development of the massive and controversial Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska, Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration claims in a lawsuit filed in a federal court. Federal Register Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan; 2024 Annual Management Measures A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/18/2024 The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes as regulations the 2024 annual management measures governing the Pacific halibut fishery that have been recommended by the IPHC and accepted by the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Secretary of Commerce. These measures are intended to enhance the conservation of Pacific halibut and further the goals and objectives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). FYI’s Bob Evans LTO Alaska Cod Entree Sales Triple From Last Year Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - March 15, 2024 A partnership between Bob Evans Farmhouse Kitchen and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has proven to be fruitful this year. While about two weeks of the Lenten season remain, the restaurant chain has revealed that their limited time cod entree has already tripled sales from last year.The limited time menu offering for Lent is a Fish Fry Platter which features three pieces of wild-caught fresh Alaska cod fillets in a light and flaky pub-style batter. In addition to the fish fillets, the platter also comes with two thick-cut onion rings, dill tartar sauce, a lemon wedge, and freshly baked bread. Sandwich lovers also have the option to enjoy the Alaska cod fillets in Bob Evans’ new Fish Fry Sandwich, which comes on a brioche bun with a side of crispy French fries. Other returning seafood dishes for Lent include a Fried Shrimp Dinner, and Lemon Pepper Sole Fillets.“In 2024, our Fish Fry Platter and Fish Sandwich, crafted with our new Wild-Caught, natural and sustainable Alaska Cod from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), has become a customer favorite with sales tripling those of our Cod Entree from last year,” said Bob Holtcamp, President and CMO of Bob Evans Farmhouse Kitchen. “Overall, our fish entrée sales have surged by an impressive 230%. This surge in popularity has solidified Bob Evans as the go-to destination for guests looking to elevate their Friday Fish Fry events.”While the restaurant chain is still offering the Fish Fry Platter and Fish Fry Sandwich through Easter, which falls on March 31 this year, at one point this Lenten season they actually sold out of the Alaska cod for a short time. Fortunately they are stocked back up for the final weeks of the season.As Urner Barry Senior Seafood Market Reporter Lorin Castiglione notes, the announcement from President Biden banning imports of seafood from Russia during the Lenten season just two years ago resulted in new obstacles to circumvent and a shift in demand within the cod markets. Since the ban in March 2022, which has grown to include Russian groundfish processed in China, more focus has been put on Pacific cod.In December 2023, the National Marine Fisheries Service revised the total allowable catch from the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands for the Pacific cod fishery. NMFS increased the 2024 Bering Sea Pacific cod TAC from 123,295 metric tons to 147,753 metric tons, while slightly lowering the 2024 Aleutian Islands Pacific cod TAC from 80425 metric tons down to 8,080 metric tons.With the Lenten season providing steady demand on the groundfish species, coupled with legislation adding a fair share of market pressure, the undertone is reportedly full steady with pricing strengthening during this time of heightened demand. Pacific Seafood Processors Association

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