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May 20 - Foreign Fishermen Unable to Begin Catch in Russian Territorial Waters This Year


May 19 - USDA Spends Just Shy of $10 Million in Latest Alaska Pollock Purchase


May 17 - These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020


May 6 - USDA Looking to Buy Over 3.2 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock


May 6 - Hokkaido March Surimi Production Slow Down in Pollock, Atka Mackerel Up 5-Times YOY


May 6 - Russia Sharply Increases Manufacture of Pollock Products This Year


May 4 - Tokyo Central Wholesale Market Salted Fish Roe Sales Up In Pollock Roe, Down In Salmon Roe Products


May 2 - Russia Considering Taking Measures for Prevention of Fish and Seafood Shortage in Domestic Market


Apr 26 - JAPAN: U.S. Alaska Pollock Surimi Price May Rise 50-70 Yen Per Kilo


Apr 19 - Russia to Face Shortage of Salmon and Other Premium Fish in Domestic Market This Year


Apr 18 - Japan: February Surimi Production in Hokkaido 700 MT, Up 31%


Apr 14 - Tokyo Central Wholesale Market February Fish Roe Sales: Ikura Salmon Caviar Price 15% Lower


Apr 13 - VIDEO: Watch Us Eat Wild Alaska Pollock Fish Jerky From Neptune Snacks


Apr 13 - Russian Fish Processors Call on State to Limit Fish Exports From Russia


Apr 11 - Japan: February Imports Continued to Rise In Value, Down In Volume Except Russia


Apr 7 - GAPP Announces New Partnership Program With Trident Seafoods, Nordstrom Restaurants


Apr 7 - Japan’s Russian Seafood Imports: 10% of Total Imports May Disappear


Apr 6 - REPORT: Fish Imports To Russia Will Decline By At Least 30% This Year


Apr 1 - Russia to Revise Quotas With U.S. in Bering Sea


Mar 29 - Russia May Consider Introduction of State Regulation Over Fish Prices in Domestic Market


Mar 28 - Asian Seafood Markets Get Into Trouble During the Russia-Ukraine War


Mar 24 - USDA Pays Top Dollar to Trident, High Liner in Latest Alaska Pollock Purchase


Mar 22 - GAPP Says New Report Shows Top Future Markets for Wild Alaska Pollock


Mar 22 - Russian Fishermen Call for Postponement of Next Auctions for 10 Years Due to Tough Sanctions


Mar 9 - GAPP Launching First-Ever National Sustained Marketing Program


Mar 7 - ANALYSIS: Uncertainty and Pressure Mount for Alaska Pollock


Mar 2 - A Look at the Most Popular Seafood During Lent


Mar 1 - Lent 2022: What 10 QSRs and Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering On Their Menus This Year


Feb 28 - The Winding Glass: Seafood Price Volatility Looms as Russian Bank Sanctions Hit Crab, Groundfish


Feb 24 - Wendy’s Bringing Back Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich for 2022 Lenten Season


Feb 23 - Long John Silver’s Launches Lent Shrimp Promotions, Online Ordering for Pick-up


Feb 22 - Shrimp Nibblers Back at White Castle, But Crab Cake Sliders Don’t Make 2022 Lent Offering


Feb 16 - Pet Protein Manufacturer NORPEL Opens New Processing Facility in Pennsylvania; Partners With GAPP


Feb 16 - Russia Posts Almost 30% Increase of Pollock Catch This Year Despite Problems With Supplies


Feb 11 - Super Bowl 2022: Food Ideas, Snack Dips And Other Easy Seafood Dishes to Bring to the Party


Feb 4 - Japan: 2021 Exports Double in Frozen Scallops, Frozen Yellowtail Up 60%


Feb 3 - Numerous Russian Crab and Seafood Producers on Brink of Bankruptcy


Feb 2 - Maruha Nichiro Acquires Assets of Alaska Pollock Operations From Icicle Seafoods


Feb 2 - 2021 Hokkaido Surimi Production 12,889 Tons, 2.1% Less Than A Year Ago


Jan 31 - Daisui Begins Selling High-Quality Russian Pollock Surimi for Top-Notch Kamaboko


Jan 25 - OBI Seafoods Takes Home Big Chunk of $60 Million USDA Salmon, Pollock Purchase


Jan 21 - Wild Alaska Pollock Nets MSC 2021 Ocean Champion Award


Jan 21 - Russian Pollock Producers Post $400 Million in Losses Due to China Market Closure


Jan 10 - Fish Factor: Alaska Fishing; Halibut Watch; COVID Cans Ketchikan; Good Global Outlook


Jan 6 - JAPAN: November Hokkaido Surimi Production Up 52.6% Year-On-Year


Jan 5 - NMFS Revises TAC Amounts For Gulf of Alaska Pollock, Pacific Cod


Jan 4 - Japan’s November Exports Fall 11% In Volume, Up 26% In Value


Jan 3 - Russia Will Consider Suspension of Controversial Reform of Domestic Fish Sector


Dec 29 - Japan’s National Brand Surimi Product Manufacturers To Raise Prices in 2022


Dec 28 - Alaska Fish Radio: AK Fish Catches, Revenues For 2020 Mostly Leave The State


Dec 27 - November Salted Herring Roe Sales Increase at the Tokyo Central Wholesale Markets Amid Price Rise


Dec 23 - Russian Fish Market Faced With New Threat of Consolidation in 2023


Dec 23 - Alaska Fish Radio: Fishing Updates, December 2021


Dec 22 - Surimi Producer to Undergo Brand Overhaul to Focus on Benefits of Alaska Pollock


Dec 20 - The Winding Glass: 2021 Was Fantastic Year for Seafood as Disruption Played to Our Strengths


Dec 15 - China Adjusting Import, Export Tariffs For Seafood Items Ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics


Dec 13 - JAPAN: October Surimi Production Rose 80% to 1340 Tons in Hokkaido


Dec 8 - Russian Pollock Producers Face New Problems With Exports to China


Dec 7 - Trident Seafoods Acquires Catcher/Processor Starbound From Aleutian Spray Fisheries


Dec 3 - JAPAN: October Seafood Exports Doubled In Frozen Yellowtail for the U.S.


Nov 30 - Russia’s Norebo Group Expands Domestic Presence


Nov 29 - Trident, High Liner Among Firms to Land USDA Contracts for Salmon, Pollock


Nov 29 - JAPAN: Surimi Inventory Falls Again In August But Overall Shipping Consistent


Nov 16 - Russia Continues to Experience Pollock Surplus in Domestic Market


Nov 10 - USDA Invites Offers to Sell 1.6 Million Pounds of Pollock; 88K Cases of Canned Salmon


Nov 3 - Russia Ready to Replace China in the EU Pollock Fillets Market


Nov 1 - Judge Confirms Injunction in Jones Act Case; No Further Penalties for American Seafoods During Case


Nov 1 - Pollock prices in Russia on the Rise


Oct 25 - What Scientists Say About Decline of Pollock Stocks in Sea of ​​Okhotsk


Oct 21 - Government Asks Judge to Reconsider Injunction in Jones Act Pollock Case


Oct 19 - Russia’s Primorye Fisherman Hope for Successful Catch and Exports This Year


Oct 11 - American Seafoods Nets Injunction in Jones Act Case, Millions of Pounds of Pollock Reenters Market


Oct 11 - US Pollock Surimi Price Reaches Record-Breaking High in Japan


Oct 6 - Jones Act Pollock Case: CBP Wants More Time to Respond as Seafood Sits Idle in New Brunswick


Sep 29 - Jones Act Case: Judge Shuts Down Alaska Shipping Firms' Restraining Order; Companies to Try Again


Sep 22 - Russian Fishermen to Continue Sales Market Diversification for Years to Come


Sep 20 - GAPP Funds 20 New Partnerships to Broaden Demand for Wild Alaska Pollock in NA and EU


Sep 13 - US District Attorney Fires Back at American Seafoods: No Restraining Order Against CBP


Sep 9 - Court Docs Say “Bayside Program" Was Known by Feds For Decades, Supply Route Now Paralyzed


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Foreign Fishermen Unable to Begin Catch in Russian Territorial Waters This Year

Foreign fishermen are unable to begin their catch in the Russian territorial waters this year due to ongoing military conflict between Ukraine and Russia and sanctions, imposed on the latter.

The biggest problems are currently observed in the case of pollock fishermen from South Korea, which traditionally begin their fishing season in Russia in the middle of May. There is a high possibility that their fishing season in Russia will fail this year, as most fishermen have not even been able to transfer funds for...

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USDA Spends Just Shy of $10 Million in Latest Alaska Pollock Purchase

The latest purchase award description from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that it bought over 3.2 million pounds of Alaska pollock products for just shy of $10 million.

Back on May 4, the USDA shared its latest invitation for offers to sell pollock products as it eyed frozen fillets, frozen sticks, bulk containers and breaded frozen sticks.

Nearly all of the purchase came from Trident Seafoods which sold 3,094,400 lbs. of pollock products for $9,690,268. Meanwhile, American Seafoods sold 118,000...

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USDA Looking to Buy Over 3.2 Million Pounds of Alaska Pollock 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shared its latest invitation for offers to sell pollock products to be used in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.

In all, the USDA is looking for 3.2 million pounds of frozen Alaska pollock products including frozen fillets, frozen sticks, bulk containers and breaded frozen sticks.

The USDA said acceptances will be announced by midnight on May 18 and deliveries are scheduled from September 1, 2022 through February 28, 2023...

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Russia Sharply Increases Manufacture of Pollock Products This Year

Despite the ongoing military conflict and unprecedented sanctions, Russia is increasing production of fish products this year, particularly those made from pollock.

Several days ago, the pollock fishing season officially ended in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. The growth of catch was equivalent to 1.5% compared to last year's level up to 880,000 tonnes. A more significant growth was achieved in the processing sector, as the production of the majority of the most demanded products, among which are fillets, minced meat, surimi frozen headless pollock, grew by several times...

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Russia Considering Taking Measures for Prevention of Fish and Seafood Shortage in Domestic Market

Russia is considering taking measures for the prevention of fish and seafood shortages in the domestic market, which could be the result of unprecedented sanctions, imposed on the country.

According to recent statements of Alexey Buglak, head of the Russian Pollock Association, which were made in an interview with the local RBC business paper, the deliveries of certain fish and seafood species to the domestic market, such as shrimp, Atlantic herring and mackerel can be partially replaced by domestic products, as Russian fishermen produce them...

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Russia to Face Shortage of Salmon and Other Premium Fish in Domestic Market This Year  

Russia may face a significant reduction of fish and seafood range in the domestic market this year as unprecedented sanctions imposed on the country lead to a significant decline of fish imports.

According to a recent study conducted by the Russian Pollock Association, only in the case of red fish, this year its imports to Russia will be reduced by 30%.

In addition to Atlantic salmon and trout, there is a possibility of a significant decline of foreign supplies of mackerel...

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Tokyo Central Wholesale Markets February Fish Roe Sales: Ikura Salmon Caviar Price 15% Lower

In February, after the year-end high demand season, Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market's salted fish roe sales slowed down. The price of ikura salmon caviar calmed down while sales of salted pollock roe and spicy pollock roe were favorable. Herring roe in the off-season was expensive, and sales of salmon roe products struggled, reported Suisan Keizai.

Sujiko salmon roe

Although the inventory was heavy, the selling price was sticking to the high price due to the high manufacturing cost...

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Russian Fish Processors Call on State to Limit Fish Exports From Russia  

Leading Russian fish processors have called on the national government to limit exports of fish due to a possible shortage of raw materials for their needs.   

The initiators of the idea expect that this will allow them to reserve at least 2.9 million tons for the domestic market, which will prevent a sharp rise in prices and will allow them to stay afloat amid the current conditions.  

Alexander Panin, chairman of the Russian Fish Union, a public association which unites...

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GAPP Announces New Partnership Program With Trident Seafoods, Nordstrom Restaurants

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) announced on Thursday that they’ve entered into a new partnership with Nordstrom Restaurants and Trident Seafoods for Earth Month.

Team members from GAPP and Trident Seafoods met with Nordstrom chefs in January to develop recipes ideas featuring Wild Alaska Pollock. The chefs competed for which dish would be part of the April menu, with options ranging from grilled to blackened and breaded Wild Alaska Pollock. Ultimately the restaurants will feature Blackened Wild Alaska Pollock with Cajun Risotto...

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Fish Imports To Russia Will Decline By At Least 30% This Year  

According to recent statements made by the Russian Pollock Association, fish imports to Russia this year will decline by at least 30%, while there could also be serious problems with the replacement of a number of fish species, such as Atlantic salmon and tuna.

In 2021, Russia imported 579,000 tons of fish products for $2.1 billion. According to analyst forecasts, this year deliveries will decrease to 385,000 tonnes and US$1.5 billion. 

As president of the association...

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Russia May Consider Introduction of State Regulation Over Fish Prices in Domestic Market  

Russia may consider the introduction of state regulation over fish prices in the country – in a move to prevent a sharp rise of prices in the domestic retail.

Details of fish species and seafood, prices for which will be a subject of state regulation, are not disclosed.

It is planned that it will be a mechanism similar to those that has already been used in Russia in December 2020, when the government fixed prices for sugar and sunflower oil.

Now the wholesale prices of pollock...

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USDA Pays Top Dollar to Trident, High Liner in Latest Alaska Pollock Purchase

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a purchase award description for over 1.5 million pounds of frozen Alaska pollock that will be purchased from High Liner Foods and Trident Seafoods on March 23.

In total, the USDA bought just over $5.7 million worth of frozen Alaska pollock fillets, nuggets and sticks. High Liner USA, sold over 380,000 pounds of pollock sticks for just over $1 million.

Trident netted most of the bid with shy of 1.2 million pounds of Alaska product purchased...

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Russian Fishermen Call for Postponement of Next Auctions for 10 Years Due to Tough Sanctions

Amid the ever deteriorating economic situation in Russia, local fishermen have called on the state to postpone the second stage of quota distribution for at least 10 years.

The conduction of the second stage was initially scheduled for 2023. However, according to fishermen, implementation of these plans is currently impossible since sanctions, imposed on Russia, make investments in the industry risky.

So far, the All-Russian Association of Fisheries (VARPE) has called on the Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) to introduce...

 

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ANALYSIS: Uncertainty and Pressure Mount for Alaska Pollock

While the pollock industry closely monitors the Russian invasion of Ukraine, impacts of the war continue to mount for the pollock market. Unrelenting upwards pressure from supply constraints being carried over from seasons past, as well as a reduced quota for the new 2022 season while demand remains unphased by the premiums seen within the current market, is the baseline undertone before throwing in war-related obstacles.

Canceled carriers and cargo insurance, increased sanctions, restricted banking systems, consumer opposition to Russian product, as well as transit interruptions along the various stages of...

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Lent 2022: What 10 QSRs and Fast Casual Restaurants Are Offering On Their Menus This Year

Ash Wednesday is March 2 and marks the first day of Lent. During the six week period leading up to Easter, those that observe Lent refrain from eating meat on Fridays, as well as on Ash Wednesday. As a result, quick service restaurants and fast casual restaurants that don’t normally feature seafood add some limited time offerings to their menu. So, what’s available this year? We're rounding up the seafood offerings and promotions at 10 restaurant chains this Lenten season...

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Wendy’s Bringing Back Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich for 2022 Lenten Season

The Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich is making its return to Wendy’s. The fast food chain confirmed to SeafoodNews that the limited time menu offering will be available across the U.S. beginning Monday, February 28 – just in time for the Lenten season to begin!

The Crispy Panko Fish Sandwich from Wendy’s features a wild-caught Alaskan pollock fillet, which is fried in a crunchy panko breading and topped with a slice of cheese, creamy dill tartar sauce, lettuce, and dill pickles. The sandwich was first introduced last year...

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These Are The Top 10 Seafood Items Consumed In The U.S. For 2020

Seafood consumption figures are in for 2020, revealing how the pandemic helped - and hurt - the industry.

When the coronavirus began spreading in the U.S. in early 2020, the government took extreme lockdown measures, shutting down all non-essential businesses. While restaurants were allowed to remain open, their dining rooms were closed. This was a major blow to the seafood industry, where fish and shellfish thrived at dine-in. However, retail seafood purchases did increase with many people using the lockdown to learn how to...

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Hokkaido March Surimi Production Slow Down in Pollock, Atka Mackerel Up 5-Times YOY

The production of land-based surimi in Hokkaido in March, announced by the Hokkaido Surimi Manufacturers Association, slowed down slightly as the mainstay Alaska pollock surimi fell significantly below the same month last year for the first time in two months. The cumulative increase in Alaska pollock from January to March was slightly below a year ago. The overall increase rate, including other species, decreased from 16.0% at the end of February to 7.1%, reported Suisan Keizai...

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Tokyo Central Wholesale Market Salted Fish Roe Sales Up In Pollock Roe, Down In Salmon Roe Products

In March, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, the unit price of salmon roe products continued to rise and the sales volume dropped. Still, the quantity of pollock roe products increased a little even if they were slightly high priced, and the sales of herring roe products were mixed. Overall, the unit price of fish roe products continues to be high, Suisan Keizai reported.

Sujiko salmon roe

It is said that extensive domestic inventories were still left, but due to high costs...

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JAPAN: U.S. Alaska Pollock Surimi Price May Rise 50-70 Yen Per Kilo

The market price of Alaska pollock frozen surimi from the United States, the primary raw material for surimi products such as kamaboko, is expected to rise gradually this spring. The price increase for small-lot users in Japan is expected to be around 60 to 70 yen/kg ($.47-.55/kg) for high-end products and 40 to 50 yen/kg ($.31-.39/kg) for low-end products compared to March. Due to the reduction in production in the United States, the world's largest surimi...

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Japan: February Surimi Production in Hokkaido 700 MT, Up 31%

According to the member report of the National Surimi Manufacturers Association, the production of frozen surimi in Hokkaido in February increased by 31% from the same month of the previous year to 705 tons, surpassing the same month of the previous year for six consecutive months.

Alaska pollock increased by 29% to 638 tons due to the increase in the landing of raw material fish, the first increase in two months. "The catch of Alaska pollock in Hokkaido increased by 35% to about 9,100 tons. The Tokachi Kushiro area increased...

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Watch Us Eat Wild Alaska Pollock Fish Jerky From Neptune Snacks

SeafoodNews Managing Editor Amanda Buckle and Urner Barry Seafood Market Reporter Lorin Castiglione are chowing down on fish jerky from Neptune Snacks in the latest "Watch Us Eat!" video. Made with Wild Alaska Pollock, these snacks feature an impressive 25g of protein and are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. You can try them yourself by ordering from NeptuneSnacks.com.

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Japan: February Imports Continued to Rise In Value, Down In Volume Except Russia

According to the February trade bulletin released by the Ministry of Finance on March 16, the import volume of fish and shellfish (excluding non-edible marine products) fell sharply for the first time in four months. Meanwhile the import value continued to increase significantly. Procurement costs continue to rise sharply, Suisan Keizai reported.

In February, the import result was 124,852 tons, 115,671 million yen ($929.86 million), a significant decrease of 10.3% in volume compared to the same month of the previous year and...

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Japan’s Russian Seafood Imports: 10% of Total Imports May Disappear

The United States, which was the first to ban the import of Russian marine products due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, announced that it would postpone the embargo by three months, as previously reported. The U.S. Treasury has postponed the grace period from March 25 to June 23, considering importers. On the other hand, the Japanese government has suspended the import ban because it will significantly impact the local economy. Still, trade with Russia is in trouble practically due to the exclusion from the bank settlement transaction network and the...

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Russia to Revise Quotas With U.S. in Bering Sea 

Amid the ever deteriorating relations with the West, Russian authorities are considering revising quotas for fishing in the Bering Sea, particularly those, which were agreed by Russia and the U.S. almost 32 years ago. At that period of time 80% of the overall resource, or 1.4 million tonnes annually, were provided to the U.S. fishermen. Now the Russian Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) is proposing to give 50% of quotas to Russian companies, which will allow them to double their catch in this area...

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Asian Seafood Markets Get Into Trouble During the Russia-Ukraine War

The war between Russia and Ukraine has exerted great influence on different sectors of the global market. One victim is seafood industries worldwide. Russia has spent great efforts in seafood promotion within recent years, and it has been rising to prominence. Its seafood export has raised by 33.7% to US$7 billion in 2021 from that of 2020, according to Russian Federal Agency for Fishery. But now everything has been disrupted.

With war sanctions, seafood trade between Russia and some previous main importers has been halted...

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GAPP Says New Report Shows Top Future Markets for Wild Alaska Pollock

According to a new report, the U.S., Malaysia, Spain, and the United Kingdom are the top future markets for Wild Alaska Pollock.

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) shared findings from a report conducted by McKinley Research to support long-term industry investments in market diversification and international marketing efforts for Wild Alaska Pollock.

GAPP said it first reached out to McKinley in early 2021 and the report is meant to provide members with “objective, data-driven assessments about current and potential future...

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GAPP Launching First-Ever National Sustained Marketing Program

With Lent kicking off last week, it feels like pollock is everywhere you look. It’s the go-to fish at nearly every QSR. But the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) want pollock front and center beyond the Lenten season. And they’re launching their first-ever national marketing campaign to make that a reality.

GAPP announced this week that the Board of Directors have approved an “ambitious” strategic plan and budget to launch a national sustained marketing program that will highlight the wild caught...

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A Look at the Most Popular Seafood During Lent

Tis the season for seafood! Today is Ash Wednesday, which is also the first day of Lent. Those that observe Lent refrain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday leading up to Easter, which this year falls on April 17. As a result, seafood sales tend to tick up.

Easter fell early last year, which according to IRI Worldwide resulted in an increase in fresh seafood sales in March.  Fresh seafood reached $548 million, a 13.3% dollar sales increase and 6.6% volume sales increase from March 2020...

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The Winding Glass: Seafood Price Volatility Looms as Russian Bank Sanctions Hit Crab, Groundfish

[The Winding Glass is the opinion and commentary column from John Sackton, Founder of SeafoodNews]

This was the March we were supposed to get back to normal. The pandemic is receding. Demand for seafood is high, and prices for crab and lobster are at record levels and groundfish prices are strong.

Before last week, the most pressing issue for the crab industry was how to negotiate a smooth climb down from the historically high prices, which have stifled customer demand and led to growing inventories...

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