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May 13 - GAPP Research Finds Potential need to “Relaunch” Surimi


May 13 - USDA Makes Historic Seafood Purchase for Food Assistance Programs


May 10 - PODCAST: America the Beautiful; Push for a National Seafood Council; March Shrimp Imports and More


May 6 - USDA Looking to Make 8.3 Million Pound Alaska Pollock Purchase


May 5 - GAPP Partners With Urner Barry on Surimi Paste Tracker


May 4 - Russia to Start More Active Promotion of Domestic Fish in EU Market


May 4 - Funds for Alaska Pollock Products, Market Inroads


Apr 23 - GAPP Eyes Collaborators for Next Round of Partnership Program Funding


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


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GAPP Research Finds Potential need to “Relaunch” Surimi

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) hired C+R Research last year to conduct a two-phased research project to gather recommendations for the industry. The project, which commenced in the fall, has found that there is a potential need to “relaunch” surimi to consumers.”

“I always like to see challenges as opportunities and this research certainly identified many opportunities for our industry and the future of surimi seafood here in the U.S.,” said GAPP CEO Craig Morris. “I’m excited to review these results...

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USDA Makes Historic Seafood Purchase for Food Assistance Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced it will purchase up to $159.4 million in domestically produced seafood, fruits, legumes and nuts as part of the Section 32 food assistance funding program.

The products will be distributed to a variety of domestic food assistance programs, including charitable institutions, the USDA said in a press release. These purchases are being made utilizing funds under the authority of Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, as amended. It is one of the ...

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USDA Looking to Make 8.3 Million Pound Alaska Pollock Purchase 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to purchase over 8.3 million pounds of Alaska pollock products. The USDA released a bid solicitation on May 4 that said the purchases will be used for the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.

The USDA said acceptances will be announced by midnight, May 26, 2021 and deliveries are to be made between July 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022. The Department is seeking products including pollock sticks, nuggets and frozen fillets...

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Russia to Start More Active Promotion of Domestic Fish in EU Market  

Russia is in talks with China over the resumption of supplies of its fish to the Chinese market, continuing the development of the domestic fish processing sector, according to recent statements made by representatives of some leading domestic producers and local media reports.  

As Herman Zverev, head of the All Russian Association of Fish Producers (VARPE) said in an interview with the Russian Rossyiskay Gazeta business paper, while containers with Russian fish are currently being unloaded at the port of Qingdao, the deliveries have not yet been...

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GAPP Eyes Collaborators for Next Round of Partnership Program Funding 

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is looking for proposals for its next round of Partnership Program funding in North American and Europe.

GAPP is looking for applications for partnerships in the two continents from any organization that is interested in building both awareness and demand for Wild Alaska Pollock in their specific marketplace.

“Our Board continues to see incredible value in these partnerships and bringing so many new Wild Alaska Pollock products—now more than 3 dozen—to market with our previous partners...

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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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PODCAST: America the Beautiful; Push for a National Seafood Council; March Shrimp Imports and More

Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione as they talk about the Biden Administration's "America the Beautiful" report; the push to develop a National Seafood Council; March shrimp imports; and much more!

This episode is brought to you by Urner Barry Consulting. Urner Barry Consulting provides tailored solutions to identify growth opportunities within the fast-paced protein commodity sectors. Combining the expertise of our analytical team, our warehouse of proprietary and trusted data, and unparalleled insight into market forecasting, Urner Barry Consulting will...

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GAPP Partners With Urner Barry on Surimi Paste Tracker

The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is once again partnering with Urner Barry—this time to create the Surimi Paste Tracker.

“This tool will quite literally illuminate the specifics around surimi paste production and facilitate forecasting, sales management and overall better understanding of the composition of surimi paste, by species,” said Craig Morris, GAPP CEO. “One of the first things oure Surimi Committee wanted to provide back to our industry was a better understanding of the importing countries in the global surimi paste trade and who...

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Funds for Alaska Pollock Products, Market Inroads

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.  Got ideas for making or marketing new pollock products? You could get financial backing. 

The trade group Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers, or GAPP, is on a mission to create more awareness and demand through its Partnership Program in North America and Europe.

Proposals are being accepted for new items or to help get Alaska pollock introduced to food influencers and decision-makers at places where it hasn’t previously had visibility. 

“One of the things that we do here at GAPP is try to...

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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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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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