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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Alaska Alaska Senate picks bill to grow seafood tax credits, infrastructure back up Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - January 26, 2022 A bill to continue Alaska’s seafood production tax credit and expand it to new fisheries is getting early attention this legislative session. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2022-01-26/alaska-senate-picks-bill-grow-seafood-tax-credits-infrastructure-back National Restaurant menu shifts punishing seafood sales to foodservice sector Seafood Source by Christine Blank - January 26, 2022 The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled major restaurant menu shifts – some that favor seafood and others that don’t, according to Datassential Director Kelley Fechner. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/restaurant-menu-shifts-punishing-seafood-sales-to-foodservice-sector International Russia to Oblige Fishermen to Process 70% of Catch at Domestic Factories SeafoodNews.com by Eugene Gerden - January 27, 2022 Fishermen applying for fish quotas in Russia as part of the second stage of distribution may be required to process at least 70% of their catch at coastal factories. According to recent statements, made by representatives of some leading Russian fisherman and local media reports, this is part of state plans to increase the output of products with high added value. These plans have been also confirmed by representatives of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo). The new auction is scheduled for 2023 and involve the allocation of quotas for the catch 20% pollock and herring, 50% crabs, and 100% shellfish. In exchange, the holders of the quotas, will have to invest in the construction of ships and the establishment of coastal infrastructure. Since the end of last year, the industry has been actively discussing the parameters of the second stage of quotas’ distribution. For example, the All-Russian Association of Fishermen has recently put forward a proposal to lift the requirement for fishermen to build fish trawlers if they invest in coastal processing facilities. As Alexei Osintsev, president of the Russian Association of Fishing Fleet Owners told in an interview with the Russian Kommersant business paper, the latest proposal of Rosrybolovstvo will allow to increase the production of premium products. At the same Sergey Sennikov, a representative of Norebo Group of Companies, supports the proposal, believing however that the volumes of fresh catch processing at the plants should be determined in relation to a specific type of fish and seafood and the geographical location of the plants. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1217534/Russia-to-Oblige-Fishermen-to-Process-70-percent-of-Catch-at-Domestic-Factories FYI’s Alaska’s only Arctic deep draft port will get hundreds of millions of dollars from infrastructure bill KNOM by Davis Hovey - January 24, 2022 Alaska’s congressional delegation announced on Jan. 19 that the Port of Nome will receive a quarter of a billion dollars for future construction. The significant financial boost for Alaska’s only Arctic deep draft port comes from the Infrastructure Act passed in 2021. There is a deep draft port in Dutch Harbor, but that is not located in Arctic waters. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2022/01/24/alaskas-only-arctic-deep-draft-port-will-get-hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-from-infrastructure-bill/ 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. 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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