This Week's Fish News

January 5, 2024

Following the Biden Administration's EO tightening restrictions on imports of Russian origin seafood, the pollock industry is optimistic about the year ahead. But, the effects of the ban may take a while to materialize and prices for A season are still unsettled. 

Not everybody in the seafood industry is happy about the expanded ban, though. Seafood importers and the National Fisheries Institute, among others, oppose the expansion and argue that it will hurt the processing sector. 

The USDA awarded over $9 million in contracts for frozen salmon fillets and cases of canned pink salmon to Trident, Pacific Seafoods, OBI, and Silver Bay, with the bulk of it going to Trident ($6.6 million).

The M/V Genius Star XI anchored in Unalaska after a cargo hold carrying lithium-ion batteries caught fire last week. The 410-ft vessel is reportedly stable, but will likely remain anchored for a while longer.

This week's Alaska Fisheries Report: "Its the second equally shameless installment of the year in the rear view mirror." 

The 127-ft trawler Aleutian No. 1 was towed 160 miles to Adak after losing power 575 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor. 

At this point, "Trident news" might need its own section...

AMSEA has plenty of upcoming drill conductor classes: Homer and Kodiak on Jan 8-9; Juneau on Jan 13; Forks, WA, on Jan 19; Sitka on Jan 20; Palmer on Jan 23-25; Bellingham, WA on Feb 8-9; Westport, WA on Mar 7-8; Ilwaco, WA on Mar 23-24; and Seward on April 8-13.