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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Alaska Task force established for food security and independence Gov. Dunleavy announces task force to aid food security Alaska News Source by Tim Rockey - February 13, 2022 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued Administrative Order 331 on Wednesday, establishing a Food Security and Independence Task Force. https://www.alaskasnewssource.com/2022/02/13/task-force-established-food-security-independence/ Alaska Fisheries Report February 11, 2022 KMXT - February 11, 2022 On this week’s Alaska Fisheries report with Terry Haines: Scientists are studying high mercury levels in Alaskan Steller sea lion populations. Plus a memorial scholarship aims to connect Southeast students to the seafood industry. https://kmxt.org/2022/02/alaska-fisheries-report-february-11-2022/ National Press Release: USDA Announces $50 Million in Grants Awarded to States to Support the Seafood Industry USDA - February 14, 2022 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an investment of approximately $50 million in grants to support seafood processors, processing facilities and processing vessels through the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS). https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2022/02/14/usda-announces-50-million-grants-awarded-states-support-seafood Inflation dampens US retail seafood sales in January Seafood Source by Christine Blank - February 14, 2022 Increasing inflation and spiking seafood prices hampered the category’s U.S. retail sales in January. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/inflation-dampens-us-retail-seafood-sales-in-january International Press Release: Sullivan, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Ban Russian Seafood Imports Russia Has Banned U.S. Seafood Imports since 2014 Senator Lisa Murkowski - February, 11, 2022 U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski (both R-Alaska) this week introduced the U.S-Russian Federation Seafood Reciprocity Act, legislation that would impose a ban on the import of all Russian seafood products into the United States in response to Russia’s own prohibition on the import of U.S. and other western seafood products since 2014. Russia enacted its embargo in response to a suite of sanctions the United States and its allies imposed following Russia’s 2014 invasion of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/press/release/sullivan-murkowski-introduce-bill-to-ban-russian-seafood-imports Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/15/2022 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2022 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/02/15/2022-03221/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-vessels-using-pot-gear-in-the 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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