Alaska Alaska’s seafood processors expect to spend more this year than last on the pandemic; seafood market looks promising in some areas KFSK by Angela Denning - May 14, 2021 Alaska’s seafood processors were hit hard in 2020. Meanwhile, markets for seafood saw some growth during the pandemic. Recent surveys show that those industry outcomes could be seen again this year. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports from Petersburg: https://www.kfsk.org/2021/05/14/alaskas-seafood-processors-expect-to-spend-more-this-year-than-last-on-the-pandemic-seafood-market-looks-promising-in-some-areas/ GAPP introduces the Surimi Paste Tracker Cordova Times - May 14, 2021 Processors of wild Alaska Pollock will soon be more informed on global surimi marketing possibilities, via the Surimi Paste Tracker, new tool offered by the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/05/14/gapp-introduces-the-surimi-paste-tracker/ Politics Alaska’s Rep. Don Young Introduces House Version of the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - May 14, 2021 On Tuesday May 11, Alaska Congressman Don Young introduced the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act, legislation to direct NOAA to establish the American Fisheries Advisory Committee with the goal of keeping fishing communities healthy and viable through local collaboration, data collection, and expanded research investments. The bill is a companion to SB S497, also called the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act, which establishes the Committee to assist in the awarding of fisheries research and development grants. A bipartisan bill introduced by Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan, it was moved from the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to the floor of the Senate at the same time it was introduced in the House. Sullivan’s co-sponsors were Senators Murkowski of Alaska, Warren of Massachusetts, Markey of Oregon, and Cantwell of Washington. Upon introduction in the House, Young was joined by Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata (R-AS). “In American Samoa, the ocean is always part of our daily lives, and fishing is our community’s economic backbone,” said Amata. “Thank you to my friend, Dean of the House Don Young for this important effort. The American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act can help protect the healthy ocean we depend on so that we can preserve fishing as part of our way of life.” “Since I first came to Congress, I have made protecting our oceans and fisheries one of my highest priorities,” Young said. “The American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act is a critical piece of legislation that will help protect our oceans for generations to come. Alaska has more coastline than any other state in the nation, and our oceans play a central role in our culture, economy, and way of life. “This is not only an environmental issue, but an economic one as well. Without healthy oceans, Alaska’s seafood industry cannot succeed; this bill is as critical for our fishermen and processors as it is for our precious ecosystems. I am grateful for the support of my friend, Congresswoman Amata, and will continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle "The American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act may be the very best piece of legislation for the U.S. seafood industry," said Bruce Schactler, Director of the National Seafood Marketing Coalition. "This bill will serve not only as a tool for developing a larger footprint in the marketplace, but will also address what the seafood industry at all levels feels is the most needed to help move forward." https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1198984/Alaskas-Rep-Don-Young-Introduces-House-Version-of-the-American-Fisheries-Advisory-Committee-Act Labeling and Marketing 3MMI - Buyer’s Update: Salmon, Halibut, Cod, Pollock, California Market Squid TradexFoods - May 17, 2021 It should come as no surprise that we continue to see shortages on numerous value-added frozen products and raw materials. Cod loins and fillets seem to be causing buyers the biggest headaches while we are seeing this trend in other species as well - and with limited inventory, comes upward pressure on prices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJp-5PhfZz0&t=29s FYI’s Cannery workers document the Chinese history of Alaska’s fishing industry Alaska Public Media by Jeff Chen - May 14, 2021 Like other parts of the country, Asian immigrants have a long history in Alaska. Besides building railroads and working in mines, they also played a major role in the cannery industry. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2021/05/14/cannery-workers-document-the-chinese-history-of-alaskas-fishing-industry/
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