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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Alaska Norton Sound crabbers become catcher-sellers to offload winter harvest KNOM by Greg Knight - February 28, 2023 With no local buyer in Nome or the Norton Sound region to purchase Norton Sound Red King Crab from this winter’s harvest, commercial fishermen are needing to get creative to sell their catch. National Nordstrom Partnership With Trident Seafoods Continues With Commitment to Wild Alaska Pollock Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - February 28, 2023 Hungry shoppers who missed Nordstrom Restaurants’ partnership with Trident Seafoods last year have another chance to indulge in some delicious and nutritious wild Alaska Pollock. For the second year in a row Nordstrom Restaurants is partnering with the family-owned seafood company to add pollock to their menus. “Last year, Nordstrom’s menu items featuring Wild Alaska Pollock were an absolute hit with the consumer – in large part because our fish is not only versatile but also has an incredible sustainability story,” explained Craig Morris, CEO of the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP). “We are excited to build on last year’s success to expand the program with new dishes for a longer promotional timeframe.” Wild Alaska Pollock will be on Nordstrom Restaurants’ menus for a total of eight weeks. Diners at the restaurants will be able to enjoy Blackened Wild Alaska Pollock & Potato Chowder. Meanwhile, those at the Specialty Coffee Bars will be able to get a Blackened Wild Alaska Pollock Taco Salad to go. Both menu items will be available during Women’s History Month in March, and Earth Month in April. “At Trident we love to build partnerships with brands like Nordstrom, that are family businesses with similar values at their core,” said Trident Seafoods CEO Joe Bundrant. “This year as Trident celebrates its 50th anniversary, we are continuing to increase awareness of the sustainability benefits of Wild Alaska Pollock during Earth Month, and also expanding the program to include Women’s History Month. Trident, together with our partners Nordstrom and the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers is committed to partnerships that encourage the growth, development, and recognition of female leaders to ensure our organizations – and our society as a whole – thrive for generations to come. We have the honor of working with countless strong, female leaders across the seafood industry and we celebrate their accomplishments, today and every day.” As mentioned above, this is the second year that Trident and Nordstrom Restaurants have partnered. In April 2022 the restaurants featured Blackened Wild Alaska Pollock with Cajun Risotto, while the specialty coffee bars featured a grab-n-go Blackened Wild Alaska Pollock Taco Salad. GAPP had teased in October 2022 that the partnership would continue with Nordstrom following up on their climatarian menu program. “Wild Alaska Pollock performed so well at our restaurants and coffee bars last year that we had no choice but to expand the program and continue to build our partnerships with these two incredible partners,” Kati Lauffer, Director of Culinary for Nordstrom Restaurants, said. “At Nordstrom Ebars and Restaurants, we are always looking for proteins that get our Chefs excited and inspired to create handcrafted cuisine with contemporary flavors and a fresh twist. Not only is Wild Alaska Pollock the perfect fish to build these dishes, but the sustainability credentials fit perfectly with our Nordstrom values.” “Building this partnership and program with Nordstrom, Trident and the Nordstrom Chefs has been one of the best examples of how partners with similar values can make a difference in the marketplace,” added Morris. “This year’s dishes are delicious and worth a special trip to Nordstrom Restaurants and Coffee Bars. This is only the beginning. We are excited to see what this partnership will bring in the years to come.” This is just the latest news to come from GAPP Partnership Funding. The organization previously announced a partnership with Gorton’s Seafood to launch their new Air Fried Fish Fillets, which have a light, crispy breading that has 50% less fat. GAPP has also partnered with 7-Eleven again to bring a Wild Alaska Pollock fish sandwich to the convenience store for the Lenten season. International Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program and Global Seafood Alliance Announce Collaboration to Promote Responsible Seafood Practices Global Seafood Alliance - March 1, 2023 The Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification program and the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaboration. Given their aligned missions, both organizations are focused on global expansion for promoting choice in responsible seafood practices while aiming to reduce costs for certifications, audits, and other assurances. Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/01/2023 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2023 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. FYI’s Kodiak high school students learn seafood smoking and safety Alaska Native News by Caleb Taylor | Alaska Sea Grant - February 27, 2023 Kodiak Island Borough high school students and teachers gained hands-on experience with seafood processing and smoking, including an introduction to seafood science and safety. The two-day smoked seafood workshop was taught by Chris Sannito, Alaska Sea Grant’s seafood technology specialist, at the University of Alaska’s Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. Also participating were school district superintendent Dr. Cyndy Mika and Kodiak High School principal Joyce Blair. Press Release: Coast Guard Cutter Munro arrives in Juneau, Alaska United States Coast Guard News - February 28, 2023 Juneau, Alaska — Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) arrived in Juneau, Alaska, for a scheduled port visit Monday. This port visit marks Munro’s final stop before returning to its homeport in Alameda, Calif., after 11,500 miles and 105 days away from homeport. 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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