World’s deadliest catch crab fisheries open on Oct. 15
Bering Sea snow crab quota set at 45 million pounds, Bristol Bay red king crab quota down to 2.6 million pounds
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - October 9, 2020
Commercial fishing for an abundance of Bering Sea snow crab, and much smaller quotas of Bristol Bay red king crab and Bering Sea Tanner crab gets under way Oct. 15. Harvesters will be mindful of the usual dangers at sea, plus costly pandemic health mandates.
Alaska plans $50M in coronavirus relief for fishing industry
The Associated Press - October 8, 2020
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska released a plan to divide $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding payments among fishing industry workers affected by the pandemic.
GAPP Awards Funding For Exciting New Wild Alaskan Pollock Products
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - October 9, 2020
The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) announced on Thursday that they have awarded nearly $750,000 in funding to seven organizations who are launching exciting new wild Alaskan Pollock products.
Requests for funding were submitted to GAPP and reviewed by the organization's Fillet and Surimi Committees, who made their recommendations to the full GAPP Board of Directors. Despite the ongoing pandemic, GAPP CEO Craig Morris explained that the Board of Directors "felt it imperative to move forward with these current and new participants to continue meeting consumers where they are."
"I think you'll see that the new organizations represent a diversity of channels — from quick serve restaurants (QSRs), to large box retailers, to foodservice distributors and more," said Morris. "These new products represent the versatility of Wild Alaska Pollock and our collaboration will help consumers experience the delicious meal and snack options that come with this fish."
Gorton's Seafood received funding to launch a brand-new awareness campaign titled, "Move Over Meat, It's Seafood Time." The campaign will showcase Wild Alaska Pollock recipes and highlight the benefits of adding more seafood to consumers' diets.
High Liner Foods is using their funding to launch and drive awareness for their new Alaska Wild Pollock Fish Wings. The company also has another campaign to promote their "Go Wild" Line, which includes Alaska Pollock Wild Wings in the convenience store and quick service restaurant category.
7-Eleven has been awarded funding for a follow-up promotion to their popular Wild Alaska Pollock fish sandwich, which launched during Lent this year. The new promotion will be for 2021.
Pescanova USA will use funding to support the launch of their new Fettuccine Protein Pasta, which will target the chilled category and be marketed as the "all good, no guilt" pasta.
Meanwhile, Restaurant Depot will begin carrying a variety of Wild Alaska Pollock products in their club stores, which have seen an increase in consumer-traffic due to the pandemic.
Finally, a partnership with Louis Kemp and celebrity chef Nancy Fuller will shine the spotlight on Wild Alaska Pollock during the upcoming Super Bowl. Wild Alaska Pollock will be promoted in Super Bowl snack recipes.
ANALYSIS: Pollock Block Seeing Record Prices Amid Supply Issues
Urner Barry by Lorin Castiglione - October 12, 2020
Processed pollock fish blocks are seeing record high pricing leading into Q4 of 2020. The Alaskan pollock B season, which runs from June 10 through October 31, 2020, has been met with its fair share of challenges. Changing fishing patterns include smaller, younger fish classes into the fishery, fish moving farther into FAO 61 area, as well as the pollock not traveling in tightly knit schools have all been factors in production slowdowns and supply issues. With less than a month until the end of the season, it is not likely quota will be met with the timeline left on the season.
As of the most recent data from NOAA through September 26,2020, the 2020 B season for fillets, blocks and minced product forms has produced 29.6 percent less volume than...
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Fisheries debate this weekend the first of several in Alaska’s congressional races
Anchorage Daily News by Aubrey Wieber - October 11, 2020
Update: Here’s the U.S. Senate fisheries debate from Saturday:
On Saturday, Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and challenger Al Gross, a Democratic-nominated independent, will engage in their first of three debates.
Labeling and Marketing
#3MMI - Global Snow Crab Market Update for Alaska, Canada, and Russia
TradexFoods - October 12, 2020
Starting with global harvest totals and an estimated 246.3 million lbs of Snow Crab have been harvested from Alaskan, Canadian, and Russian fisheries since the start of Alaska's Snow Crab fishery back in October 2019. For North America, inventories are expected to remain tight and demand high with continued retail sales growth. Even with a new injection of Snow Crab supply, food buyers may still have issues trying to secure inventories.
Public comment sought on fisheries assistance plan
Cordova Times - October 10, 2020
Public comment is welcome through Oct. 19 on the CARES Act fisheries assistance draft spend plan, through which Alaska is to receive $50 million of the $300 million allocated for all coastal states and territories.
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