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Thursday, February 17, 2022

National USDA announces USD 50 million allocation in COVID aid for seafood businesses Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender - February 16, 2022 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the allocation of USD 50 million (EUR 43.9 million) in grant funds to help the seafood industry in 25 states and territories. International Pacific Salmon Treaty failing to address Alaskan harvest of struggling B.C. stocks, advocates say Salmon returning to B.C. to spawn are being caught in Alaskan waters by the hundreds of thousands The Canadian Press by Brenna Owen - February 16, 2022 Significant numbers of salmon returning to spawn in British Columbia are being caught in southeast Alaskan fisheries, hindering Canada's efforts to preserve and rebuild stocks that are declining to historic lows, B.C. salmon advocates say. Alaska’s US senators want ban on Russian seafood imports Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender - February 16, 2022 Alaska’s U.S. senators have filed a bill that would prohibit the country from accepting seafood imports from Russia. Russia Posts Almost 30% Increase of Pollock Catch This Year Despite Problems With Supplies by Eugene Gerden - February 16, 2022 Russia increased pollock catch this year by almost 30%, up to 265,000 on a year-on-year basis despite complex weather conditions and the existing problems with exports to Asia-Pacific states, particularly China. According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, of the overall catch, 232,700 tonnes of catch were produced in the Sea of Okhotsk, particularly the Kamchatka-Kuril and West Kamchatka subzones, which account for the majority of catch. In the meantime, in addition to pollock, positive dynamics are observed in the case of Pacific herring. Overall catch in Russia since the beginning of the current year has amounted to 53,400 tonnes. Of these, more than 49,000 tons were caught in the North Okhotsk subzone. Finally, cod catch amounted to 16,300 tonnes. The growth is also observed in the case of fish processing. Representatives of the Russian Pollock Association have confirmed that the volume of fillet production in the country is growing, while there are no problems with the sale of products. The utilization of refrigerators in the ports of the Primorye Territory is estimated at 62%. In general, analysts of Russian Rosrybolovstvo hope for a successful fishing season in Russia this year. According to Vasily Sokolov, Rosrybolovstvo’s deputy head, the current successful fishing in the Far East creates conditions for positive dynamics for all-Russian catches throughout 2022. Federal Register Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/17/2022 NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for the International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A off of Washington, Oregon, and California. In addition, NMFS proposes to implement management measures governing the 2022 recreational fisheries that are not implemented through the International Pacific Halibut Commission. These measures include the recreational fishery seasons, quotas, and management measures for Area 2A. These actions are intended to conserve Pacific halibut and provide angler opportunity where available. 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. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. *Inclusion of a news article, report, or other document in this email does not imply PSPA support or endorsement of the information or opinion expressed in the document.


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