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Apr 20 - JAPAN: Hokkaido Surimi Production Keeps Decreasing, but Brisk Sales in February


Apr 16 - Russia Expects Slight Decline of Pollock Stocks in Okhotsk and Bering Seas in Years to Come


Apr 13 - GAPP Reaches Nearly 2 Million Consumers Through Lent-Season Social Media Campaign


Apr 13 - Russian Fish Sector Has No Major Concerns Regarding Possible Restrictions on Exports to U.S.


Apr 1 - ANALYSIS: Alaskan Pollock Blocks - Record High Prices, Continued Strain on Supply


Mar 26 - Russian Fish Industry Continues Diversification of Supplies Due to Maintaining Chinese Restrictions


Mar 12 - VIDEO: American Rescue Plan; Seaspiracy Controversy; Crab at Retail; 7-Eleven Pollock Bites


Mar 10 - 7-Eleven Introduces Wild Alaskan Pollock Fish Bites Following Successful Pollock Sandwich Launch


Mar 2 - Russia Ready to Increase Pollock Catch During Next Fishing Season


Mar 1 - Arby’s Sent Out $3.79 Checks to Encourage People to Buy Their Crispy Fish Sandwich


Feb 22 - Russia to Develop Fish Processing to Reduce Dependence from China


Feb 19 - VIDEO: QSR & Fast Casual Seafood Offerings for Lent: White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes


Feb 16 - Russia May Face Pollock Shortage This Year


Feb 16 - White Castle Brings Back Crab Cake Sliders For Lent After Cutting it From Menu in 2020


Feb 12 - Russia May Significantly Reduce Pollock Catch This Year Due to Problems With its Sales


Feb 10 - Russian Pollock Fishermen Continue Search for Additional Sale Markets


Feb 5 - Alaska Fishing Updates For February 2021


Feb 5 - Super Bowl Snack Ideas: The Best Seafood Appetizers To Eat During The Game


Feb 4 - Russian Government May Start Fish Interventions to Provide Support to Struggling Pollock Fishermen


Feb 3 - Japan's 2020 Trade Performance: Significant Reduction in Export and Import Value


Feb 1 - U.S. Coast Guard, Russian Border Guard Continue Patrols Along Maritime Boundary Line


Jan 28 - The Winding Glass: Supply Disruption a Possible Major Problem for Seafood Industry in 2021


Jan 27 - Quiznos Brings Back Lobster Classic, Introduces New Old Bay Lobster Club Ahead of Lent


Jan 14 - Alaska Fish Radio: Alaska Fishing Updates for January 2021


Jan 7 - Louis Kemp And Food Network Star Nancy Fuller Want Surimi Added to Your Super Bowl Sunday Menu


Jan 4 - Russian Fishermen Continue Search for Alternative Sale Markets Due to China’s Closure


Dec 31 - The Top Stories of 2020: Check Out the Most Read Stories on SeafoodNews


Dec 30 - Russian Court Supports RRPK in Dispute with Pollock Association


Dec 3 - Alaska Fish Radio: Updates on COVID Relief Funds, Deadline to Apply Approaches


Nov 24 - USDA Eyeing Bids on Alaska Pollock, Salmon Products


Nov 18 - Alaska Fishing Updates For November 2020


Nov 17 - New Study on Surimi Finds Consumers Not Put Off By “Imitation” Labels


Nov 12 - Russian RRPK Will Continue to Use MSC Certificate


Nov 9 - JAPAN: September Imports of Seafood Decreased by 11%; Exports Down 2%


Oct 29 - New Study: Bering Sea Pollock Moving Between Russian and U.S. Waters More Frequently


Oct 28 - Health Magazine Names Neptune's Wild Alaska Pollock Jerky One of the Best Snacks of 2020


Oct 26 - Russia Hopes to Compensate Unsuccessful Salmon Fishing Season by Increase of Pollock Catch This Year


Oct 16 - GAPP ROI Study Reveals Marketing Impact For Wild Alaska Pollock Fillet, Wild Alaska Pollock Surimi


Oct 12 - ANALYSIS: Pollock Block Seeing Record Prices Amid Supply Issues


Oct 9 - GAPP Awards Funding For Exciting New Wild Alaskan Pollock Products


Oct 8 - RRPK Continue Fight With Russian Pollock Association


Oct 5 - True North Seafood Partners With Ocean Wise Seafood Program


Oct 5 - China Puts Pressure on Russian Pollock Producers


Sep 25 - Alaska Fishing Updates for September/October


Sep 24 - RRPK Has No Concerns Regarding Expulsion From Association of Pollock Producers


Sep 22 - JAPAN: August Marine Products Imports at 148,231 Million Yen, Down 2% From the Previous Year


Sep 22 - Fishing Sector of Russian Kamchatka on Verge of Big Changes


Sep 18 - Jerky From Alaska Pollock


Sep 15 - USDA Eyeing Purchase of U.S. Shrimp, Alaska Pollock


Sep 11 - Russian Fishermen May Face Significant Decline of Catch


Sep 8 - Chinese Pollock Importers Losing Positions in Russia


Aug 31 - The Winding Glass: Pandemic and Election Could Revitalize Seafood Industry; We Need to Think Big


Aug 31 - Japan's Seafood Imports Fell 14% to 169,605 Tons in July


Aug 28 - Russia Posts 20% Decline of Crab Exports in First Half of Current Year


Aug 19 - Russia Hopes for Increased Pollock Catch During Forthcoming Fishing Season


Aug 11 - Japan Fisheries Agency Increases Alaska Pollock TAC to 65,000 Tons


Jul 31 - Russian Pollock Association Forecasts 10% Boost in Catch


Jul 29 - Russia May Face Significant Decline in Japanese Squid, Cod, and Pollock Catch Due to Poachers


Jul 21 - H1 Pollock and Atka Mackerel Landings Over 100,000 Tons in Hokkaido, Price Down Due to COVID 19


Jul 20 - Trident Seafood Subsidiary Begins Surimi Product Manufacturing in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture


Jul 13 - Russian Pollock Roe from the Previous Fishing Season Increased by 10% to 34,000 Tons


Jul 9 - JAPAN: Low Grade Surimi Price Fell 35 Yen Per kg


Jul 7 - NOAA’s Trio of Ocean Drones Set to Reach Bering Sea Survey Station


Jul 6 - Russia Plans to Diversify Exports of Pollock Roe Within Next Several Years


Jul 6 - Alaska Fishing Updates for July 2020


Jun 30 - Russian Pollock Producers May Significantly Strengthen Their Positions in Domestic Market This Year


Jun 23 - Economic Value of Alaska Seafood Industry


Jun 12 - Wholesale Price of Frozen Alaska Pollock in Korea Soars 58.6% to KRW 53,600


May 28 - GAPP Partners with Urner Barry to Track International Surimi Supply


May 26 - Russian Leading Fish Producer RRPK Accelerates Domestic and Foreign Expansion


May 15 - Up to 400-500K Tonnes of Pollock May be Destroyed in Russia This Year


May 11 - By the Numbers: Japan’s March Seafood Imports and Exports


May 8 - Latest Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers Funding Brings New Products to Europe


May 8 - Russia Plans to Increase Pollock Catch in Bering and Sea of Okhotsk this Year


May 1 - Russia Plans to Increase Exports of High-Added Value Fish Products and Seafood this Year


Apr 24 - Russian Fish Producers and Processors Hope for Diversification of their Export Supplies This Year


Apr 21 - The Winding Glass: Walking the Tightrope of Survival


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JAPAN: Hokkaido Surimi Production Keeps Decreasing, but Brisk Sales in February

The National Surimi Manufacturers Association announced on March 25 that the February production of land-based surimi produced in Hokkaido continued to be sluggish. Shipments were favorable, and inventory at the end of the month further decreased. It was the second-lowest inventory level since 2010.

According to the announcement, Alaska pollock surimi production in February was 494 tons, down 29.1% from the same month of the previous year. Atka mackerel surimi tripled to 10 tons. The total, combined with a...

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Russia Expects Slight Decline of Pollock Stocks in Okhotsk and Bering Seas in Years to Come 

The Russian Rosrybolovstvo has officially approved the forecast of the total allowable catch for 2022 at the level of 3.25 million tons, according to recent statements made by representatives of the Agency and some local media reports.  

Of these, pollock accounts for about 2 million tonneswhile the majority of catch (up to 3.08 million tonswill be produced in the Far Eastern Basin.   

In the case of pollock, the volume of catch in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk...

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Russian Fish Sector Has No Major Concerns Regarding Possible Restrictions on Exports to U.S. 

The recent calls by U.S. senators on the national government to take action against fish supplies from Russia to correct the imbalance in the fish trade with Russia will not have a significant impact on both the Russian fish exports and the US fish imports, according to recent statements, made by  president of the All-Russian Association of Fishery Enterprises (VARPE) German Zverev.  

In accordance with recent reports published by some Russian and foreign media, several senators from the state of Alaska have recently...

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Russian Fish Industry Continues Diversification of Supplies Due to Maintaining Chinese Restrictions 

The Russian fish industry is continuing its diversification of its supplies due to restrictions on exports of fish to China and limited sale opportunities in the domestic market.

As Aleksey BuglakPresident of the Russian Pollock Association, said in an interview with the Russian Argumenty I Facty business paper, since the beginning of the current year, domestic pollock producers have already re-directed their supplies to the markets of Thailand and Vietnam, despite traditional focus of these countries on the processing of salmon and cod respectively...

 

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7-Eleven Introduces Wild Alaskan Pollock Fish Bites Following Successful Pollock Sandwich Launch

7-Eleven is at it again. Last February the popular convenience store launched a new herb-crusted Wild Alaska Pollock Sandwich. Following the success of the sandwich, 7-Eleven revealed that this spring they’re introducing new Wild Alaskan Pollock Fish Bites.

“We got such great reviews on the Alaskan Pollock sandwich last year, we knew we had to bring back a seasonal fish option for our customers in 2021,” said Anjuli Wilkie, the 7-Eleven senior category manager of hot food...

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Arby’s Sent Out $3.79 Checks to Encourage People to Buy Their Crispy Fish Sandwich

Well, this sure is an interesting marketing ploy. 

Arby’s, known for having the “meats,” is also trying to lure in fish lovers. The restaurant chain sent out checks for $3.79 to the first 10,000 people to sign up on arbysfishcheck.com. The idea was to encourage people to use their check to buy Arby’s Crispy Fish Sandwich. And people certainly seem interested, because all 10,000 $3.79 checks have already been claimed. But for those that missed out, Arby’s is also giving away...

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VIDEO: QSR & Fast Casual Seafood Offerings for Lent: White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes

This week SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione take a look at QSR and fast casual offerings for Lent. Find out what's been added to the menus at White Castle, Bojangles, Quiznos and Popeyes.

This episode was brought to you by Urner Barry's new Insights offering, which is coming this March. This largely digital offering will allow subscribers to read, watch and listen to impactful market content in a new way like never before...

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White Castle Brings Back Crab Cake Sliders For Lent After Cutting it From Menu in 2020

We’ve got good news for White Castle lovers...the Seafood Crab Cake Slider is back for Lent!

White Castle added the Crab Cake Slider to their menu back in 2017, and it was featured during the Lenten season during 2018 and 2019. However, last year the item was cut from the seasonal seafood lineup to make room for the chain’s new Panko Breaded Fish Slider.

Well, White Castle appears to have listened to their devoted followers who were devastated to...

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Russian Pollock Fishermen Continue Search for Additional Sale Markets  

The Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) continues to look for additional options for selling excessive domestic pollock catch, which formed in the Russian market as a result of the closure of China for the exports of Russian fish.  

 In addition to the recently announced procurement interventions, there is a possibility that part of  the excessive catch will be delivered to the domestic market, particularly the Northern and central parts of the country.  

So far, part of Russian pollock have already been re-directed to South Korea, although they...

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Super Bowl Snack Ideas: The Best Seafood Appetizers To Eat During The Game

Super Bowl LV is this Sunday, February 7, and will find the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 186.6 million adults in the U.S. plan on tuning in to the big game. And although Super Bowl party celebrations will be looking a little different due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there still needs to be snacks out! NRF reports that 86% of viewers are planning to make purchases to mark the occasion...

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Japan's 2020 Trade Performance: Significant Reduction in Export and Import Value

According to the December 2020 customs statistics released by the Ministry of Finance on January 28, imports fell by nearly 10% in the last year, and exports remained at the same level as the previous year. However, both import and export values decreased by about 20%, and overall trade shrank due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection that caused global turmoil, reported Suisan Keizai.

Imported marine products, including non-edible marine products ,such as fish meals, amounted to 2.25 million tons, or...

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The Winding Glass:  Supply Disruption a Possible Major Problem for Seafood Industry in 2021

Despite the pandemic and the uncontrolled COVID outbreak in the U.S., 2020 was a banner year for the seafood industry. The spectacular growth in retail seafood sales compensated for the dramatic loss of foodservice opportunities. According to data presented at NFI’s Global Seafood Marketing Conference, overall seafood sales to retail and foodservice combined grew around 7% last year.

This strength is continuing into 2021. Early indications from retailers suggest that the strength of seafood sales is continuing after the holidays. Many are reporting strong...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Alaska Fishing Updates for January 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The nation’s biggest fishery gets underway next week.

There’s lots of fishing going on throughout the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.

January 1 saw the start of cod and other groundfish fisheries and the nation’s biggest catch – Alaska pollock – gets underway on January 20. Over three billion pounds will come out of the Bering Sea.

Gulf fishermen, however, have chosen to delay their pollock start to February 4 in hopes of higher-quality, schooled up fish. That will add another...

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Russian Fishermen Continue Search for Alternative Sale Markets Due to China’s Closure 

Russian fishermen are continuing to look for ways to compensate their losses associated with the closure of the Dalian seaport – the last Chinese seaport which received fish exports from Russia.    

Currently the sides continue their talks regarding the resumption of supplies, however it has not been associated with any results.  

In this regard, fisherman hope to re-orient at least part of their supplies to the domestic marketdespite the fact that its saturation with domestic fish products remains already high...

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Russian Court Supports RRPK in Dispute with Pollock Association 

The Arbitration Court of the Primorsky Territory has invalidated the decision of the Russian Pollock Association (ADM) to expel RRPK, one of the country’s largest fish producers and processors, from the list of  members of the Association, thus completely satisfying claims of the company, according to the Court and Russian media reports.

The ADM, whose members control 75% of the pollock catch in Russia, decided to expel RRPK Group from its structure in September this year. A response to the company’s proposal, which was submitted to the Russian federal government, where it asked to conduct the reform of the domestic fishing industry...

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USDA Eyeing Bids on Alaska Pollock, Salmon Products

The USDA is looking for offers to sell salmon and pollock products for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.

The Department is looking for just shy of 2 million pounds of Alaska pollock fillets and fish sticks. Acceptances will be announced by midnight, December 11, 2020 and deliveries will be made between March 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.

Find the Alaska pollock solicitation here.

The USDA is also eyeing bids for 208,240 cases of canned pink salmon...

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GAPP Reaches Nearly 2 Million Consumers Through Lent-Season Social Media Campaign

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) shared new data which found nearly two million consumers came to its social platforms for Wild Alaska Pollock content during Lent.

The campaign was held on GAPP’s Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest channels, put geotargeted quick-service restaurant (QSR) menu options, retail products, and recipes on consumers' feeds, the Association explained.

Consumers who saw GAPP’s social accounts found information about its attributes including its sustainability, health benefits and taste. The campaign pushed consumers to its website and new daily “seasonal” specials...

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ANALYSIS: Alaskan Pollock Blocks - Record High Prices, Continued Strain on Supply

The Alaskan pollock market sees continued challenges carryover from the 2020 B season. Last year the industry was not only faced with new operating procedures aboard vessels in the wake of COVID-19, but changing fishing patterns including a smaller, younger class of fish into the fishery as well as fish moving farther into fishing area FAO 61 causing longer travel time and increased fuel costs in the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, all contributing to production slowdowns and supply issues...

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VIDEO: American Rescue Plan; Seaspiracy Controversy; Crab at Retail; 7-Eleven Pollock Bites

This week SeafoodNews Weekly Video co-hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione talk about how the American Rescue Plan is helping restaurants; the controversy surrounding the upcoming Netflix documentary "Seaspiracy;" the success of crab at retail; and the launch of Wild Alaskan Pollock Bites at 7-Eleven.

This episode was brought to you by Urner Barry's new Insights offering, which is now live. This largely digital offering allows subscribers to read, watch and listen to impactful market content in a new way like never before...

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Russia Ready to Increase Pollock Catch During Next Fishing Season  

The crisis with the supplies of Russian fish to the Chinese market, which threatened to suspend the catch in the Sea of Okhotsk and was associated with hundreds of millions in losses for the fishermen of Primorye, is gradually being resolved.

Currently, the South Korean Busan seaport remains the main transshipment point for Russian pollock, however the Chinese Dalian seaport is ready to resume its operations in the short-term.  

So far, the port of Dalian has resumed its operations on fish handling, but only in containers...

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Russia to Develop Fish Processing to Reduce Dependence from China 

The development of fish processing will become one of the priorities for the Russian government in years to come. This is mainly due to the current crisis in the domestic fish industry caused by the suspension of fish exports to the Chinese market and which led to major losses of leading local fish producers.

For the further stimulation of domestic processing, the government will provide additional fish quotas. These quotas will primarily be provided to those producers that invest funds in the establishment of...

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Russia May Face Pollock Shortage This Year  

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...

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Russia May Significantly Reduce Pollock Catch This Year Due to Problems With its Sales 

Russia may significantly reduce pollock catch this year due to the current problems with its sales, particularly to the Chinese market.    

At present the talks between Russia and China regarding the resumption of fish supplies from Russia are ongoing, however exports are not be probably resumed until the end of February.   

As Alexander Saveliev, a well-known Russian fishery analyst, said in interview with some Russian media, as of February 1, 178 million tonnes of pollock were produced in Russia...

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Alaska Fishing Updates For February 2021

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Lots of February fishing – and Frankenfish heads to markets.

Freezing February weather doesn’t keep Alaskans off the fishing grounds from Southeast to Norton Sound.

In the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, boats are pulling in pollock, cod, flounders and other groundfish. 

Over three billion pounds of pollock will come out of the Bering Sea, another 250 million pounds from the Gulf.

Prince William Sound also has a winter pollock fishery underway that will produce nearly 5 million pounds...

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Russian Government May Start Fish Interventions to Provide Support to Struggling Pollock Fishermen

The closure of China, the largest sales market for Russian pollock - is forcing Russian fishermen to call on the national government to provide emergency supportOne of such options is "fish interventions," which would be conducted by Rosrybolovstvo and ensure guaranteed sale channels for domestic pollock producers.  

A similar scheme, so far, has been used in the Russian grain market, with its main goal to maintain prices. Depending on the need, either grain was sold from the state fund, or was purchased by the state...

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U.S. Coast Guard, Russian Border Guard Continue Patrols Along Maritime Boundary Line

A Joint U.S.-Russia patrol along the border was recently completed to support search and rescue missions, communications exercise, and operations related to fishing.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star crew and a Russian aircraft crew patrolled the Bering Sea maritime boundary line between Russia and the U.S. this month.

Following routine coordinated communications between the Russian Border Guard Directorate for the Eastern Arctic District and the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska, cutter Polar Star crew and a Russian Border Guard AN-26 aircraft ...

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Quiznos Brings Back Lobster Classic, Introduces New Old Bay Lobster Club Ahead of Lent

It’s backkkk…. But only for a limited time.

Sandwich franchise Quiznos has brought back a fan favorite sub - the Classic Lobster - a few weeks before the start of Lent.

The Classic Lobster sub features a lobster and seafood salad (which contains Alaska pollock), and is topped with shredded lettuce on butter-toasted Italian white bread. But for those looking for a little extra flavor, Quiznos is introducing a new lobster sandwich in 2021: The Old Bay Lobster Club...

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Louis Kemp And Food Network Star Nancy Fuller Want Surimi Added to Your Super Bowl Sunday Menu

Add Louis Kemp Crab Delights to your Super Bowl shopping list!

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) announced earlier this week that surimi seafood brand Louis Kemp Crab Delights has partnered with Food Network star Nancy Fuller to create unique surimi recipes that football fans can add to their Super Bowl LV spreads on February 7.

“Surimi seafood is the perfect option for consumers looking to introduce something new, fun, trendy and sustainable to their snack stadiums and game-day...

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The Top Stories of 2020: Check Out the Most Read Stories on SeafoodNews 

As 2020 comes to a close, SeafoodNews is looking back at our top read stories of the year. And, of course, most of those stories revolve around the coronavirus.

SeafoodNews first began reporting on the coronavirus on January 6, when authorities in China were still referring to it as a “mysterious pneumonia outbreak” linked to a seafood market in Wuhan. Since then the coronavirus has spread across the globe, affecting almost every aspect of our daily lives...

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Alaska Fish Radio: Updates on COVID Relief Funds, Deadline to Apply Approaches

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –

December 14th is the deadline for U.S. fishermen to apply for federal funds to take the sting out of market hits from the Trump Administration’s trade tariffs.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will distribute a total of $530 million to fishermen based on their catches in 2019 for 19 species under the new Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP).  

For example, the U.S. pays a 38 percent tariff on seafood products going to China, previously Alaska’s biggest buyer...

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