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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Alaska Fishery council adopts tighter Bering Sea halibut bycatch limits based on stocks KTUU by Sean Maguire - December 21, 2021 JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - The governing body in charge of regulating halibut bycatch limits in the Bering Sea has adopted a new management system based on stocks of the valuable groundfish. National Growing in popularity, local seafood movement picks up US government support Seafood Source by Christine Blank - December 22, 2021 From Alaska to California to New York to Maine, hyper-local seafood purveyors throughout the United States have seen a boom in interest the COVID-19 pandemic – and federal, state, and local governments are taking notice. This Week in Retail: Seafood Features Are Ablaze Amid the Holidays Urner Barry by Courtney Shum - December 23, 2021 With Christmas at our doorstep, some households are stocking up on last-minute gifts, along with food for those hosting holiday meals. Just ahead of the holiday, seafood climbed to the top spot among protein ads this week with 29.5 percent. Beef comes in second with 25.9 percent of total protein ad volume, followed by pork with 21.6 percent. Chicken makes up 4.7 percent, compared to 5.7 percent the previous week. Turkey features increased to 16.8 percent, up from 12.2 percent last week. Fresh/frozen fillets (Alaskan cod, rockfish and tilapia) make up the largest portion of seafood features this week, claiming 34 percent. At retail this week, most seafood items are priced at sizable premiums to year-ago levels. Ad prices for fresh/frozen fillets (catfish, cod and tilapia) average $7.48 per pound, up nearly 3 percent from $7.27 per pound in 2020. Cod is featured in most regions and averages $9.24 per pound, 15.6 percent higher year-over-year. Meanwhile, 4 oz. lobster tails average $30.96 per pound—32.4 percent higher than this week in 2020. Over in beef, roasts account for over half of beef features this week. Beef roasts currently average $8.57 per pound, $1.02 per pound above last year. The bone-in rib roast, a traditional Christmas centerpiece, varies widely from $3.97 to $17.99 per pound. Several grocers are offering this item at competitive price points with a minimum spending requirement. In addition, it is common for grocers to limit rib roast purchases to one per customer due to its high demand and discounted rates. Elsewhere in the beef complex, 80% lean ground beef is featured at $3.82 per pound this week, up 27.3 percent compared to a year ago. According to USDA's most recent cold storage data, released Wednesday, total frozen beef stocks as of November 30 were reported at 493.3 million pounds, up 4.2 percent from October but 3.5 percent below the year-ago figure. For pork, miscellaneous items make up the largest portion of pork features this week, claiming 31.9 percent. Within the miscellaneous complex, brand label bacon makes up 61.2 percent and averages $6.70 per pound, 24.1 percent above last year. Hams claim 16.1 percent, down significantly from 43 percent a week ago. Ad prices for hams are mostly higher compared to a year ago and average $1.91 per pound. Ham features range from 78 cents per pound to $4.99 per pound. Bone-in butt portion hams average $1.27 per pound while shank portion hams average $1.17 per pound. This is up 9.5 percent and 13.6 percent, respectively, from 2020. Spiral sliced varieties are featured at $2.23 per pound on average. Meanwhile, pork roasts average $2.58 per pound this week, up 19 percent from a year ago. USDA reported end-November pork stocks at 406.7 million pounds, a decrease of 7.9 percent from the previous month and the lowest level for November dating back to at least 1999. The report showed pork holdings 3.1 percent below the year-ago figure. Looking at turkey features, frozen store brand whole body turkeys are featured at an average price of $1.77 per pound, ranging from $0.99 to $1.99 per pound. Some retail outlets will utilize this item as a loss leader to draw in shoppers. According to USDA data, total frozen turkey stocks as of November 30 were down nearly 53% from the month prior and were 26.1 percent below 2020. The end-November figure was 142.4 million pounds, the lowest level for that month dating back to at least 1995. Whole turkeys were reported at 38.6 million pounds, down significantly from 171.1 million the previous month, but up from 37.1 million a year ago. Of note, turkey stocks in cold storage typically hit their annual low in November because of seasonal movement. From all of us here at Urner Barry, we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday! To view this week's feature activity along with historical retail charts, subscribers can access the complete breakdown for the various meat and poultry cuts by clicking on the Retail Features option under the 'More' tab on the Comtell homepage or click here for Urner Barry's Weekly Summary International Russian Fishermen May Face Serious Problems During Catch in Foreign Territorial Waters by Eugene Gerden - December 20, 2021 Russian fishermen may lose a significant amount of fish caught in foreign territorial waters under international agreements, as well as in areas of joint fishing due to existing legal gaps in the Customs Code of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Space. The problems may arise due to the amendments to the EAEU Customs Code prepared by the Russian Ministry of Economy in regard with the recognition as a Russian product of fish caught in the exclusive economic zone of Russia and the open ocean. According to producers, the introduction of the new amendments may create serious risks for Russian fishermen operating outside domestic territorial waters. Now the customs authorities do not oblige to declare such fish, based on judicial practice, however as producers fear, due to gaps in the Customs Code of the EAEU, the procedure can be applied at any time. As Konstantin Drevetnyak, Director General of the Union of Fisheries of the North (URPS) said in an interview with the Russian Kommersant business paper, the new requirements can create the biggest problems for fishermen operating in the Northern Basin. According to him, in the Russian zone of the Barents Sea, cod and haddock are smaller than in the Norwegian part of the Spitsbergen archipelago, where Russian companies prefer to fish. In the meantime, as Alexander Efremov, head of Dobroflot Group, one of Russia’s largest fish producers and processors told Kommersant, as a result of this, Russian companies may lose some of the quotas in the zones of international agreements. Russia bucks downbeat forecast as boom in value-added production sends export value surging Despite some heavy volume declines, Russian seafood companies are getting bigger returns from more processed products. Intrafish by Evgeny Vovchenko - December 22, 2021 Russia's focus on value-added production continues to pay dividends, as the value of exports climbed sharply through October, according to Russia’s federal statistics service. Q&A for the holidays: Alaska Seafood in Japan National Fisherman by Akiko Yakata - December 22, 2021 Japan continues to be one of the largest end markets for a wide variety of Alaska’s seafood species and products. As traditional consumer diets and purchasing behaviors change in the market, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Overseas Marketing Representative Akiko Yakata shares some of the trends, challenges and opportunities for Alaska seafood in Japan. Environment/Science New Reports Outline Changes in Alaska Marine Ecosystems Fishermen's News - December 23, 2021 New ecosystem reports by NOAA Fisheries offer details of the impact of climate change on Alaska’s marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, including heatwave periods and sustained warm conditions. Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Chinook Salmon Prohibited Species Catch Limits in the Gulf of Alaska A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/22/2021 NMFS is reapportioning the projected unused amount, 200 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limit, from the vessels participating in directed fishing for pollock in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) to Rockfish Program catcher vessel sector in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the GOA. Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/22/2021 NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) from catcher vessels using trawl gear to catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to allow the 2021 TAC of Pacific cod in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA to be harvested. FYI’s Coast Guard Cutter Cypress arrives in Kodiak, looks ahead to a busy summer KMXT by Dylan Simard - December 17, 2021 The Cypress has a few vague similarities to some of Alaska’s more impressive crab boats- a wide hull, a crane, a bridge positioned to the aft of the boat with a view of the deck. There are some key differences however; it’s twice the size, run by uniformed officers, and has a complement of law enforcement agents on board. Millions in federal funding coming to Alaska airports. KINY - December 21, 2021 Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - In the first of five rounds of funding, Alaskan airports will be receiving millions in federal funding from the recently signed into law bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Federal Aviation Administration will be awarding about $80 million to 235 airports in the state. 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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