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Alaska Trawl Harvesters Working to Expand Electronic Pelagic Pollock Fishery Monitoring
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Alaska Trawl Harvesters Working to Expand Electronic Pelagic Pollock Fishery Monitoring

Gulf of Alaska (GOA) trawl fishermen are working to expand electronic monitoring from the pelagic pollock fishery to the Central Gulf of Alaska rockfish program. Using electronic monitoring and other technology to provide cost-effective monitoring and better prohibited species catch accounting has always been a goal for the trawl catcher vessels, Chelsae Radell, assistant director of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank in Kodiak, noted in the June 30 edition of the online publication EM4Fish. In 2007 and 2008, Alaska Groundfish Data Bank (AGDB) received exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to test the use of electronic monitoring to quantify at-sea halibut discards in the GOA rockfish program. While the EFPs showed that electronic monitoring was possible, limitations in its use at the time mea...
Sonar Monitoring on Seafloor Shows Pollock Traveling Between U.S., Russia EEZs
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Sonar Monitoring on Seafloor Shows Pollock Traveling Between U.S., Russia EEZs

A new federal fisheries study released June 20 shows that substantial numbers of pollock travel seasonally between the two U.S. and Russian exclusive economic zones (EEZ). The study, conducted from July 2019 to August 2020, used specially designed moorings, equipped with sonar on the seafloor, to acoustically monitor pollock abundance and movement between the two EEZs. They documented pollock moving southeast over the maritime boundary in winter as the sea ice formed, but largely absent in late spring when ocean temperatures were near freezing and sea ice was still present, biologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. When moorings were deployed in summer 2019, the area was unusually warm but conditions were cooler in summer 2020, according to NOAA...
Wild Alaska Pollock Options Added to Another Major Sports Arena’s Menu
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Wild Alaska Pollock Options Added to Another Major Sports Arena’s Menu

Wild Alaska pollock dishes are now menu options of a second major sports venue, New York’s UBS Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, in a partnership negotiated by the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP). The deal was announced on Feb. 14 by GAPP CEO Craig Morris, who said there’s a massive opportunity for seafood at sports and events venues, something GAPP has been invested in capitalizing on. “The Wild Alaska Pollock menu items at Climate Pledge Arena’s Fork & Fin marketplace (in Seattle) have been incredibly successful, and we have no doubt that wild Alaska pollock will perform just as well in New York at UBS Arena,” Morris said. The partnership, funded by GAPP and Trident Seafoods, is expected to continue for the next severa...
GAPP Working With Federal Government to Protect Alaska Pollock
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GAPP Working With Federal Government to Protect Alaska Pollock

Alaska pollock producers say they’re working with the federal government to assure all loopholes are closed before the Federal Register announcement is published that seals a ban on import of Russian seafood, including imports of Russia-caught seafood processed in China. Under an executive order issued by the White House on Dec. 22, no Russia-originated seafood is permitted for import into the U.S. after mid-February. The ban includes salmon, cod, crab and pollock, either harvested in Russian waters or by Russian vessels anywhere. The bulk of the world’s supply of pollock, a popular and succulent whitefish, is harvested in Russia and Alaska. Alaska pollock is mostly sold as once-frozen fillet blocks or surimi caught by U.S. trawlers and processed in the U.S., while Russian caught...
GAPP Explores New Pollock Markets in Southeast Asia
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GAPP Explores New Pollock Markets in Southeast Asia

Attracting new customers in Malaysia is the focus of the latest sales effort of the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), based on market research that has identified the southeast Asia country of as a favorable market for wild Alaska pollock. Conclusions of a recent market research study on current and potential future markets conducted for GAPP by McKinley Research Group in Anchorage, Alaska showed that Malaysians embrace wild Alaska pollock in both its fillet and surimi forms, with wild Alaska pollock and other whitefish being cooked at home as a center-of-the-plate entrée, with the head on and bones in, fried or cooked in sauce. During Chinese New Year each February, fish is served with the head and tail on, signifying the start of and an end to the year. Su...
Analysis for Minimizing Chum Bycatch to Begin in Bering Sea Pollock Fishery
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Analysis for Minimizing Chum Bycatch to Begin in Bering Sea Pollock Fishery

Federal fisheries managers have approved analyzing changes to chum salmon bycatch management measures to minimize bycatch of western Alaska chum salmon bycatch to the extent practicable in the Bering Sea pollock fishery, while achieving optimum yield in Bering Sea groundfish fisheries. A statement issued Monday, Oct. 9 by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) in Anchorage cited standards 9 (the Bering Sea pollock fishery) and 1 (the Bering Sea groundfish fisheries) of the Magnuson Stevens Act National Standards. The council is focused on bycatch of western Alaska origin chum salmon. The decline of the chum returning to spawn in the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers in recent years has had a negative impact on this source of subsistence food for residents of villages along...
GAPP Announces 2023-2024 Partnership Program Funding Recipients
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GAPP Announces 2023-2024 Partnership Program Funding Recipients

A nonprofit advocate for the groundfish industry has announced domestic and overseas partnership awards for fiscal year 2024 to build demand for retail sales of wild Alaska pollock. The winners were announced during the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP)’s fifth-ever Wild Alaska Pollock Meeting in Seattle on Sept. 28. They include the domestic firms Trident Seafoods with the Oak View Group, Trans-Ocean Products, Gorton’s Seafood, King and Prince Seafood, High Liner Foods, Arby’s, and H-E-B, plus Angulas Agiunagain in Spain, Nissui Corp. and Trident Japan in Japan and Antillana in Colombia. “The Partnership Program is one of the most important ways GAPP builds demand and awareness of Wild Alaska Pollock and there’s no better place to make this important anno...
Celebrity Chef Antonia Lofaso Slated to Headline Wild Alaska Pollock Annual Meeting
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Celebrity Chef Antonia Lofaso Slated to Headline Wild Alaska Pollock Annual Meeting

Los Angeles television personality and celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso is on tap to headline the fifth annual Wild Alaska Pollock meeting on Sept. 28 at the Four Seasons Seattle hotel. The annual meeting of the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) brings together a number of individuals and companies engaged in the groundfish industry. Craig Morris, chief executive officer of GAPP, said Lofaso was a hit at the 2022 annual meeting, as she demonstrated live, on stage, a signature dish from her influencer work with GAPP. Lofaso is part of GAPP’s “Always On” awareness and demand campaign launched last year on social media.  GAPP’s plan is to continue the promotion with three waves of content this year, with the first launch coming still during this summer. The a...
Wild Alaska Pollock Option Added to Seattle Kraken Arena’s Menu
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Wild Alaska Pollock Option Added to Seattle Kraken Arena’s Menu

Wild Alaska pollock is now on the menu at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle for Seattle Kraken hockey games, thanks to a deal struck between the Kraken, Trident Seafoods and the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP). The deal, which was announced by GAPP on April 12, states that new wild Alaska pollock items on the stadium menu would feature recipes by Molly De Mers, the stadium’s executive chef. As part of the partnership, Joe Bundrant, chief executive officer of Trident Seafoods, said his company will be reinforcing efforts to engage the seafood in bringing more seafood to food banks and feeding centers to feed the hungry. “The Seattle Kraken is the 32nd team in the NHL,” Bundrant said. “And we think it’s fitting to increase our donations to reach a lifetime target of...
Survey Shows Rise in Demand for Wild Alaska Pollock Products
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Survey Shows Rise in Demand for Wild Alaska Pollock Products

Year-over-year survey results show a leap in Americans’ intent-to-purchase wild Alaska Pollock over the next 30 days, according to an international marketing firm tracking product demand for the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP). Survey results presented by Ketchum Global this week during the fourth Wild Alaska Pollock annual meeting in Seattle on Oct. 17 said nearly seven million more consumers now know more about wild Alaska Pollock than a year ago. Mary Elizabeth Germaine, head of analytics for marketing firm Ketchum Global, said the likelihood of purchasing and eating wild Alaska Pollock within the next 30 days is now 31%, closing the gap between wild Alaska Pollock and Pacific cod. The gap between wild Alaska Pollock and cod is now narrowed by 2%, she sa...