West Coast Vaccine dose allocations to Washington providers will increase incrementally this month Spokesman-Review by Arielle Dreher - February 10, 2021 Washington state received just 46% of the COVID-19 vaccine doses distributors requested statewide this week. This should improve, albeit gradually, in the coming months, new forecasts shared with the Department of Health show. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/feb/10/vaccine-dose-allocations-to-washington-providers-w/ US West Coast salmon fishermen recorded lackluster 2020 seasons National Fisherman - February 12, 2021 Last year went down as one of the most lackluster seasons in history for salmon fishermen on the U.S. West Coast. https://www.seafoodsource.com/national-fisherman/lackluster-seasons-for-west-coast-salmon-fishermen-in-2020 Politics Stutes elected Alaska House speaker, breaking deadlock on session’s 24th day KTOO by Andrew Kitchenman - February 11, 2021 Kodiak Republican Rep. Louise Stutes was elected Alaska House speaker on Thursday, breaking a deadlock on the 24th day of the legislative session. https://www.ktoo.org/2021/02/11/stutes-elected-alaska-house-speaker-breaking-deadlock-on-sessions-24th-day/ International Post-COVID recovery could see spate of seafood company mergers and acquisitions Seafood Source by Chris Chase - February 11, 2021 When the world begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, some prominent seafood executives are predicting a busy period of mergers and acquisitions. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/business-finance/post-covid-recovery-could-see-spate-of-seafood-company-mergers-and-acquisitions Russia May Face Pollock Shortage This Year SeafoodNews.com by Eugene Gerden - February 16, 2020 The collapse of wholesale prices for pollock by 35% in Russia, caused by the closure of Chinese market, led to a halt in fish supplies on the Russian market, according to recent statements made by representatives of some leading local fisherman and analysts. Currently most of fish traders suspended signing new contracts with fishermen in Russia, expecting further price declines. This, in turn, leads to the shortage of fish for large distributors and processors. The latter have already complained about the existing difficulties with the purchases of headless pollock carcasses in Central Russia, while, according to them, the current situation continues to deteriorate. According to him, the problem arose due to the reluctance of traders working with the Russian fishermen to purchase and transport products until February 18 – the end of the holiday period in China, associated with the celebration of Lunar New Year. As Alexander Panin, chairman of the Russian Fish Union, said in an interview with the Kommersant business paper, as of now, large volumes of fish have been accumulated in the domestic market, which created serious problems for distributors and may lead to the shortage of fish in the Russian market. If China does not open its market in February, the cost of pollock will fall to RUB 40 (US$0,54) per kg, compared to the usual RUB 100 (US$1,35). Fishermen will have no choice but to supply the catch at these prices. According to the Federal Agency for Fishery, as of February 8, 216.000 tons of pollock were produced in the Far East, which is 85,190 tons less than the same period of last year. Problems with the closure of the Chinese market for Russian fish this week were also discussed during the meeting in the Russian government, led by Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1192073/Russia-May-Face-Pollock-Shortage-This-Year Seafood and the pandemic: moving from shock to stability The economic and human shocks of the coronavirus pandemic could be a crucial window of opportunity for the global seafood sector. Fish Site by Megan Howell - February 15, 2021 A newly published Worldfish research paper has analysed the responses of the global seafood sector to the first months of the coronavirus crisis. The research, which focuses on how food systems can build resilience in the face of unforeseen challenges, compares the coronavirus responses of the seafood industry across low- and high-income countries. https://thefishsite.com/articles/seafood-and-the-coronavirus-pandemic-moving-from-shock-to-stability Labeling and Marketing 3MMI - 2021 Russia & Canada Salmon Forecast TradexFoods - February 15, 2021 Total forecasted catch of Pacific Salmon in the Far East of Russia for 2021 is projected to be 459.3 thousand tons. The 2020 Salmon season in BC, Canada was regarded as one of the worst on record and preliminary forecasts for the 2021 season are to continue to expect low Salmon returns as low or similar to that of 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h_HmIQzN7U&feature=emb_logo FYI’s Fish sandwiches pile onto restaurant chain menus for Lent Seafood Source by Christine Blank - February 15, 2021 Restaurant chains are looking to fish sandwiches to give them a Lenten-season boost. Alaska pollock is the fish of choice for many of the limited-time sandwich offerings, but some operators are using flounder and other fish. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/fish-sandwiches-pile-onto-restaurant-chain-menus-for-lent Alaska Sea Grant Lands Gift to Boost Commercial Seafood Harvesters Alaska Native News, Alaska Sea Grant by Ann Gore - February 13, 2021 Alaska Sea Grant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $450,000 donation from Northwest Farm Credit Services to fund several programs that support Alaska’s commercial seafood harvesters. https://alaska-native-news.com/alaska-sea-grant-lands-gift-to-boost-commercial-seafood-harvesters/54034/
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