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May 17 - Silver Bay Seafoods, Channel Fish and More Win Latest USDA Seafood Purchase Requests


May 13 - Russia Plans to Increase its Pollock and Crab Supplies to South Korea in Years to Come


May 7 - Hokkaido Surimi Production Rebounded in March after Three Months


May 6 - USDA Kicks Off May With Open Purchase Requests For Alaska Pollock, Catfish, Salmon and Walleye


May 1 - Russia Begins Preparations for 2025 Salmon Fishing Season


Apr 30 - Maruha Nichiro Estimates Worldwide Surimi Production in 2023 Reached 800,000 Tons


Apr 25 - Russian Pollock Roe Auction In Busan Softening Due To Weak Yen And Other Factors


Apr 24 - ANALYSIS: 2024 Alaska Pollock ‘A’ Season Wraps Ahead of Seafood Expo Global


Apr 22 - American Seafoods Releases Annual Sustainability Report


Apr 16 - Peter Pan Halts Operations For Summer And Winter Production Cycles For The “Foreseeable Future”


Apr 3 - USDA Issues Open Purchase Request For 5.7 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock Nuggets And Other Seafood


Apr 3 - JAPAN: Hokkaido Pollock Surimi Production Continues To Decline In February


Mar 29 - MSC Certified Alaska Pollock For The Win


Mar 22 - Russian Fish Sector Shows Good Catch Figures This Year


Mar 20 - Japan: Frozen Pollock Fillet Imports in 2023 Fell 7% to Below 10,000 Tons


Mar 13 - USDA Awards 5 Companies CCC Fish Contract For Canned Salmon, Alaska Pollock


Mar 8 - Russian Government Will Consider Zeroing Duties on Fish Exports


Mar 8 - ANALYSIS: 2024 Pollock A Season Landings and Price Reaction


Mar 4 - March Aldi Finds Are Packed With Seafood


Mar 4 - January Hokkaido Pollock Surimi Production Plummeted 40% to 530 Tons


Mar 1 - Wide Variety of Species Make Up The 2024 Seafood Excellence Award Finalists


Feb 21 - Import Ban on Russian Seafood Into U.S. Receives Extension To May


Feb 16 - Japan: 2023 Surimi Products Output Exceeded 460,000 Tons for the First Time in 8 Years


Feb 16 - Alaska Politicians Applaud USDA’s Plan to Purchase Nearly $100 Million Worth of Salmon Products


Feb 15 - VIDEO: What 6 QSR Chains Are Offering For Lent


Feb 14 - Wild Alaska Pollock Debuts at UBS Arena In New York During Islanders Vs. Kraken Game [PHOTOS]


Feb 14 - Lent 2024: What 6 QSRs And Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering On Their Menus This Year


Feb 13 - Russian Pollock Producers Hope for Significant Increase of Sales in Domestic Market This Year


Feb 12 - USDA Seeking 15.2 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock


Feb 12 - PODCAST: GAPP's Craig Morris, Content Creator Emily De Sousa Talk Bringing Pollock To Sports Venues


Feb 9 - Church’s Chicken Brings Back Limited Time Seafood Offerings For Lent


Feb 8 - Russian Fish Sector Shows Positive Dynamics This Year


Feb 6 - White Castle Brings Back Shrimp Nibblers, Clam Strips Ahead of Lent


Feb 1 - Russian Pollock Fishermen Achieved Record Figures in 2023


Jan 23 - Russian Pollock Association Predicts Exports of Pollock Will Grow in 2024


Jan 23 - The US Side Wants to Raise Alaskan Cod Prices; the Japanese Side Seeks to Suppress Prices


Jan 22 - The Winding Glass: Alaskan Fisheries Have Hit the Wall; Can They Fly Again?


Jan 19 - GAPP Launches Wild Alaska “Pollock Pod”


Jan 19 - U.S. Department of Treasury Updates HTS Codes Under Expanded Russian Sanctions


Jan 10 - Russian Fishery Company (RRPK) to Focus on Production of Pollock This Year


Dec 29 - Russia to Target the Asian Market for Pollock Surimi


Dec 28 - China's Imports of Russian Seafood From January-November Surged 40% to 1.19 Million Tons


Dec 27 - Russian Analysts Say The U.S. Decision To Expand Seafood Ban Will 'Not Have Major Negative Impact'


Dec 18 - New NOAA Report Details Killer Whale Entanglement Cases in Alaska


Dec 11 - NPFMC Announce 2024 TAC Recommendations For Pollock


Dec 8 - Russian Fish Sector Shows Stable Growth Rates This Year


Dec 6 - Trident Seafoods, Channel Fish Processing Land USDA Pollock Contract


Dec 4 - GAPP Board Commits Additional Resources to Support Demand-Building Efforts for Wild Alaska Pollock


Dec 1 - Japan: Land-based Surimi Production in Hokkaido Drops 30% in October


Nov 28 - Winding Glass: Domestic Producers from Pollock to Shrimp Upend Seafood Supply at Their Peril


Nov 13 - Hokkaido Surimi Production Plummets 20% in September, a 13th Consecutive Monthly Decrease Y-O-Y


Nov 6 - Pollock Resource Rapidly Improving in the Sea of Japan


Nov 1 - September Land-based Pollock Surimi Production in Hokkaido Continues to Lag


Oct 30 - Wild Alaska Pollock to be Showcased as Part of USDA Trade Mission to Southeast Asia


Oct 25 - The People Behind Wild Alaska Pollock to be Highlighted in New GAPP Campaign


Oct 19 - Nichimo Group Developed Biodegradable Gillnet


Oct 12 - Long John Silver’s Celebrating National Seafood Month With Deals on Shrimp, Alaska Pollock


Oct 9 - JAPAN: August Frozen Surimi Production in Hokkaido Falls to 178 tons


Oct 6 - Low Export Prices Put Pressure on Russian Fish Sector


Sep 29 - As Millennials Turn 40, ‘Provenance’ of Wild Alaska Pollock Matters Greatly


Sep 29 - GAPP Announces New 2023-2024 Partnership Program Funding Recipients at Annual Meeting


Sep 28 - Japan: August Sales of Ikura and Pollock Roe Increased, Herring Roe Price Highest in Recent Years


Sep 27 - Russian Government Tightens Pressure on Domestic Fisheries Sector


Sep 26 - VARPE Proposes Developing Pollock Roe Market in China


Sep 21 - Seattle Sports Executives to Discuss Seafood’s Opportunity in Entertainment Venues at GAPP Meeting


Sep 19 - India Can Become Major Importer of Russian Pollock Fillets This Year


Sep 18 - PODCAST: GAPP CEO Craig Morris Previews Annual Meeting and Pollock People Campaign


Sep 13 - Wild Alaska Pollock to Shine Spotlight on Consumer Behavior and Seafood Perceptions


Sep 7 - Japan: July Exports to China Halved, Shell-on Scallops Plunged 60%


Aug 29 - Long John Silver's Introduces Wild Alaska Pollock and Shrimp Promotions For Fall


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Silver Bay Seafoods, Channel Fish and More Win Latest USDA Seafood Purchase Requests

Earlier this month the USDA issued a handful of bid invitations for seafood products, including catfish, salmon and walleye, and Alaska pollock. While offer invites for the Alaska pollock products ends today, the USDA has already announced the winners for the catfish, salmon and walleye products.

Looking first at catfish, the bid invitation from the USDA went out on May 2. The bid was for a total of 392,000 lbs of catfish products for use in domestic food distribution programs, including unbreaded raw fillets and...

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Russia Plans to Increase its Pollock and Crab Supplies to South Korea in Years to Come

Russia plans to increase its pollock supplies to South Korea in years to come and to make this country one of the largest consumers of Russian pollock.

So far, most of South Korea's pollock needs have been met by the supplies from Japan. However, due to discharge of water contaminated with radioactive substances from the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, the volume of such supplies have significantly declined. As an alternative, imports of chilled pollock from the Russian Federation to the...

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USDA Kicks Off May With Open Purchase Requests For Alaska Pollock, Catfish, Salmon and Walleye

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) kicked off the month of May with three seafood open purchase requests.

On May 2 a bid invitation went out for a total of 392,000 lbs of catfish products for use in domestic food distribution programs. According to the document, the USDA is seeking 152,000 lbs of catfish fillets (unbreaded, raw, pkg 20/2), and 240,000 lbs of catfish strips (breaded, oven ready, pkg 4/10). Offers are due by May 9, with acceptances set to...

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Maruha Nichiro Estimates Worldwide Surimi Production in 2023 Reached 800,000 Tons

Ryota Masaki, General Manager of Maruha Nichiro's North American Division, delivered a compelling speech on April 24 after the Fish Protein Health Research Group general meeting in Minato-ku, Tokyo. He shared a company estimate that the world's total surimi production reached 800,000 tons in 2023. Masaki emphasized the dynamic changes in the supply and demand side of surimi, particularly the rapid increase in the production of Russian Pollock surimi, which is primarily imported into China. 

Consumption of Russian Pollock Surimi Soars in China

Masaki provided detailed...

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ANALYSIS: 2024 Alaska Pollock ‘A’ Season Wraps Ahead of Seafood Expo Global

As the "A" Season for Alaska Pollock wraps up, this year's harvest data from the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands region reveals nuanced dynamics in the fisheries sector.

According to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) data, the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Bering Sea pollock in 2024 remained consistent with the previous year at 1,300,000 metric tons. Despite the static TAC, landings during the "A" season of 2024, currently available through the first week of April, totaled 533,633 metric tons, showing a modest decline from...

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Peter Pan Halts Operations For Summer And Winter Production Cycles For The “Foreseeable Future”

Peter Pan Seafood’s fate has been up in the air since the company announced in January that it would be closing its King Cove plant for the winter fisheries of cod, whitefish and crab. Now, the company has confirmed that it will be “halting operations at its processing plants, leading to the discontinuation of both summer and winter production cycles for the foreseeable future.”

The decision to halt operations comes just a few weeks after Peter Pan...

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JAPAN: Hokkaido Pollock Surimi Production Continues To Decline In February

According to the National Surimi Manufacturers Association, the production of land-based surimi from Hokkaido in February was about half the same month as the previous year, indicating an overall decrease in production amid many days of rough waters.

In February, the production of pollock surimi decreased by 54.6% to 167 tons compared to the same month last year. Production of Atka mackerel surimi decreased by 45.2% to 34 tons. The combined production of both surimi was 201 tons, marking a significant 56.3% decrease from the previous year and...

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Russian Fish Sector Shows Good Catch Figures This Year

The Russian fish sector shows good catch figures this year due to generally good weather and other conditions, according to the latest data from the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) and some local media reports.

According to data from Rosrybolovstvo, as of March 21, the volume of catch in the domestic territorial waters has grown by 4% year-on-year basis up to 1.26 million tons. The current positive dynamics is ongoing.

The best dynamics of catch is traditionally observed in the Far East basin, where...

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USDA Awards 5 Companies CCC Fish Contract For Canned Salmon, Alaska Pollock

Last month the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service issued a new solicitation for CCC, or Commodity Credit Corporation Fish. The government agency has since awarded contracts to five companies. 

The CCC Fish bid, which opened on February 9, was seeking 173,599.908 cases of 24/7.5 oz canned red salmon and 148,959.804 cases of 24/14.75 oz canned red salmon. According to the PCA Report released by the USDA, Kanaway Seafoods, OBI Seafoods and Peter Pan Seafood Company have all been awarded bids. Kanaway was awarded 2,800 cases of...

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ANALYSIS: 2024 Pollock A Season Landings and Price Reaction

The 2024 Alaskan Pollock A season opened January 20, 2024 in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council set the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Bering Sea pollock in 2024 to remain at 1.3 million metric tons, consistent with the 2023 level.

While the quota remains unchanged, pollock stock is reportedly healthy, resulting in an increased biomass. This has allowed for a boost to the allowable biological catch (ABC) from 1.9 million metric tons reported in 2023 to...

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January Hokkaido Pollock Surimi Production Plummeted 40% to 530 Tons

The National Surimi Manufacturers Association announced on February 26 that the production of land-based surimi from Hokkaido in January was significantly lower than the previous year for Alaska pollock and Atka mackerel. In December, the production of Alaska pollock surimi increased and returned to positive for the first time in 16 months, but it fell back into negative.

Production of pollock surimi in January was 534 tons, a 37.5% decrease compared to the same month last year, as catches in eastern Hokkaido other than Kushiro were weak...

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Import Ban on Russian Seafood Into U.S. Receives Extension To May

In the final days of 2023, President Joseph R. Biden signed an Executive Order on “taking additional steps with respect to the Russian Federation’s harmful actions.” The U.S. had already banned imports of Russian seafood, but the latest Executive Order closed a loophole that allowed Russian-caught seafood, processed in China, to enter the country. The government gave U.S. importers a deadline of February 21 to bring in any Russian-origin seafood that was already under contract or written agreement prior to December 22...

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Alaska Politicians Applaud USDA’s Plan to Purchase Nearly $100 Million Worth of Salmon Products

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, along with Representative Mary Peltola, are applauding the USDA’s latest seafood purchase request through Section 32 and the Commodity Credit Corporation.

As SeafoodNews reported earlier this week, the USDA’s agricultural marketing service issued a new solicitation for CCC fish, or Commodity Credit Corporation.

The latest bid for CCC opened on February 9 and is seeking 173,599.908 cases of 24/7.5 oz canned red salmon; 148,959.804 cases of 24/14.75 oz canned red salmon; 7,600,000 pounds of...

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Wild Alaska Pollock Debuts at UBS Arena In New York During Islanders Vs. Kraken Game

When you go to a sports venue to watch a game you’re bound to enjoy some drinks and food. Chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, sausage and hot pretzels tend to be popular options at  sporting events. But the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) has been hard at work to get wild Alaska pollock in the hands of fans.

In September, while at GAPP’s annual meeting in Seattle, attendees heard about the great success of pollock on the menu at...

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Russian Pollock Producers Hope for Significant Increase of Sales in Domestic Market This Year

Leading Russian pollock producers hope for a significant increase of sales on the domestic market this year. This will mainly be due to the popularization of pollock among local customers and the decline of prices for it.

So far, high prices have been one of the major factors which have limited the consumption of pollock and other Russian fish in the domestic market. However, there is a possibility that this problem could be solved — at least partially — in the short-term...

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PODCAST: GAPP's Craig Morris, Content Creator Emily De Sousa Talk Bringing Pollock To Sports Venues

Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers CEO Craig Morris and "Seaside with Emily" content creator Emily De Sousa join the SeafoodNews Podcast to talk about bringing wild Alaska pollock to sports venues. Plus, podcast co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione give a run through of QSR Lent offerings and a peek at what's going on with seafood at retail for Valentine's Day. 

This episode of the SeafoodNews Podcast is brought to you by Urner Barry. Urner Barry is heading to Boston...

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Hokkaido Surimi Production Rebounded in March after Three Months

According to the National Surimi Manufacturers Association, Hokkaido land-based surimi production in March improved due to the impact of the significant increase in pollock catch over the previous year.

According to a report by Suisan Keizai Shimbun, the production volume of pollock surimi in March was 160 tons, an increase of 12.7% compared to the same month last year, while the production of Atka mackerel surimi was only 14 tons, a 70.2% decrease. Including some other surimi, total production increased by 5.0% to...

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Russia Begins Preparations for 2025 Salmon Fishing Season

Russia has begun preparations for the 2025 salmon fishing season. According to preliminary forecasts made by Rosrybolovstvo during the recent Far Eastern Scientific Council in Vladivostok, the catch of Pacific salmon is expected to reach about 320,000 tonnes.

“All the work will be carried out as in previous years. Once again I want to say that 320,000 tonnes is still a preliminary forecast. I think it will increase,” said Ilya Shestakov, the head of Rosrybolovstvo. 

Of the 320,000 tonnes, 192,900 will account for pink salmon, while chum salmon will account for...

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Russian Pollock Roe Auction In Busan Softening Due To Weak Yen And Other Factors

The bidding on new Russian-produced pollock roe has been slow, with some unsuccessful bids. The auction, held from April 16 to 18 in Busan, South Korea, featured listings of over 7,000 tons, with prices ranging from around $5/kg for STD (high grade) to $4/kg and above to mid-$3/kg for off-grade. Minato Shimbun reported that Japanese buyers have been cautious due to the rapid depreciation of the yen against the dollar, a factor that significantly impacts their...

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American Seafoods Releases Annual Sustainability Report 

Seattle-based American Seafoods Group is the first of the pollock fleet to release its 2024 annual sustainability report. The report details the company’s  continued advancement of its environmental and social responsibility efforts as it innovates and sustainably harvests the world’s best-managed fisheries.

The 2023 Sustainability Report highlights the different ways American Seafoods practices sustainability operating and harvesting techniques throughout the year 2023, including:

- Maintained 100% third-party eco-certification for all American Seafoods catch
- Achieved a 99% target catch rate in the Alaska pollock fishery, which is nearly a...

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USDA Issues Open Purchase Request For 5.7 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock Nuggets And Other Seafood

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service kicked off April with a sizable open purchase request for Commodity Credit Corporation Alaska pollock nuggets, Atlantic pollock fillets, haddock fillets, and Ocean Perch fillets. The solicitation is for use in domestic food distribution programs, with offers due by April 15.

For Alaska pollock nuggets, the USDA is seeking a whopping 5,700,000 lbs., which will be purchased in 20 lb. boxes of 2 lb. packages. Craig Morris, the CEO of the...

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MSC Certified Alaska Pollock For The Win 

Alaska pollock is the true winner in a recent carbon footprint model project sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. 

Last year Maruha Nichiro Corporation was selected to participate in the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Model Project for the Carbon Footprint of Products and Service. The project, which has been running for quite a few years now, “seeks to create an advanced model for calculating, displaying and utilizing carbon footprint data to support decarbonization initiatives in Japan.” The project also seeks to share this information with consumers to help them...

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Japan: Frozen Pollock Fillet Imports in 2023 Fell 7% to Below 10,000 Tons

According to the Ministry of Finance's trade statistics, the import volume of frozen pollock fillets, mainly destined for foodservice, was 9,716 tons in 2023, down 7% from the previous year. The average import price (CIF) was 620 yen/kg ($4.09/kg), up 4%. The quantity imported from Russia decreased by 30%. In addition to curtailing local fillet production due to instability caused by economic sanctions, Russia's shipments to China have recovered as the coronavirus subsides, reported Minato Shimbun...

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Russian Government Will Consider Zeroing Duties on Fish Exports

The Russian government will consider zeroing duties on the exports of some types of fish products in a move to provide support to domestic fishermen.

Part of this plan involves the lifting of duties on the exports of pollock, cod, iwasi and deep-sea crabs. At present the rate is set at 5.5%.

According to fishermen, the existing duties have a negative impact on the profitability of Russian fishing enterprises, especially due to the existing counter restrictions imposed by the EU and the United States against Russian fish...

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March Aldi Finds Are Packed With Seafood

March is seafood’s month to shine thanks to the Lenten season. Those that observe the religious period refrain from eating meat on Fridays leading up to Easter, which this year falls on March 31. And to promote seafood offerings, discount grocer Aldi has multiple seafood options highlighted in their “Aldi Finds,” a list of limited-time inventory items released throughout the month. 

Aldi releases new “Finds” every week. These “Finds” often have limited inventory and are not guaranteed to be released again. In addition, they are also at “rock-bottom” prices...

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Wide Variety of Species Make Up The 2024 Seafood Excellence Award Finalists

From seaweed to shrimp and yellowtail snapper. This year’s finalists for the Seafood Excellence Awards are made up of a wide variety of species. 

The Seafood Excellence Awards Competition takes place during Seafood Expo North America and was created to recognize exciting new product releases based on their “uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, packaging, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.” There are two categories for products to compete in: Best New Foodservice Product and Best New Retail Product...

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Japan: 2023 Surimi Products Output Exceeded 460,000 Tons for the First Time in 8 Years

According to a report in the Suisan Keizai Shimbun, the national production of surimi products in December announced by the Food Supply and Demand Research Center was 44,175 tons. This was an increase of 0.7% compared to the same month the year before last, marking the 12th consecutive month of positive growth. As a result, the annual total for the January-December period increased by 11.8% to 461,711 tons. If the figures remain unchanged, the level would have exceeded...

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VIDEO: What 6 QSR Chains Are Offering For Lent

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they kick off the Lenten season in style! It’s a big time of year for the seafood industry  especially in the QSR and fast casual space. While there are a handful of chains that offer fish sandwiches on their menu year-round, others use this time to roll out some limited time seafood offerings. Watch to find out what six QSR chains are offering for Lent.

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Lent 2024: What 6 QSRs And Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering On Their Menus This Year

Ash Wednesday has arrived, kicking off the Lenten season. During the six week period leading up to Easter on March 31, Catholics who observe the religious period refrain from eating meat on Fridays. And while surveys conducted in the last few years suggest that fewer people are partaking in the tradition, it’s still a big time of year for the seafood industry — especially in the quick service restaurant (QSR) and fast casual space. While there are a handful of chains that...

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USDA Seeking 15.2 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a new solicitation for CCC fish. 

CCC, or Commodity Credit Corporation, is a government-owned and operated entity. CCC was created to “stabilize, support and protect farm income and prices.” According to the USDA it also helps “maintain balanced and adequate supplies and agricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution. 

The latest bid for CCC opened on February 9 and is seeking 173,599.908 cases of 24/7.5 oz canned red salmon; 148,959.804 cases of 24/14.75 oz canned red salmon...

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