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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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Four Charged with Smuggling Mislabeled Catfish Into the U.S.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York charged four individuals for “participating in a conspiracy to smuggle banned catfish into the United States.”

The four in question, Mahmud Chowdhury, Shakil Ahmed, Belayet Hussain and Firoz Ahammad were the principals of Asia Foods Distributor Inc. (“AFD”), a trading company based in New York City.

The individuals conspired to smuggle large amounts of mislabeled catfish through the company to customers around the U.S.

The defendants implemented a scheme through which the banned catfish were listed as other species...

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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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ANALYSIS: September Pangasius and Catfish Imports Surge over 2019

Both Pangasius and Chinese catfish imports saw a surge in September imports when compared to the same month a year ago. September volume for pangasius frozen fillets totaled 9.8 million pounds, 3.1 million pounds, or 46 percent above the September 2019 total of 6.7 million pounds. The previous 10-year average for September imports is 17.5 million pounds, however. In looking at year-to-date totals thus far, January through September imports report 82.7 million pounds, retreating 6.5 percent from the...

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USDA Authorizes Purchase of $30 Million in U.S. Produced Shrimp

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is doing their part to help the seafood industry. The USDA announced this week that they have authorized the purchase of $30 million worth of shrimp to alleviate food insecurity in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gulf coast shrimpers have been struggling throughout the pandemic. With restaurant closures and restrictions, demands for fresh shrimp has been “almost non-existent,” according to some. In late May the price of brown shrimp was about $1.50 a pound compared to...

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ANALYSIS: Aquaculture Review: Tilapia Strengthening amid Catfish and Pangasius Stagnation

In the current market, tilapia is under upwards pressure, while Chinese catfish and Vietnamese pangasius have remained mostly steady. With all markets experiencing similar logistical obstacles such as rising freight costs, limited to no container availability, and delays from inbound and outbound COVID-19 testing procedures, why is it that tilapia is the only market strengthening at the moment?

Throughout the pandemic the U.S. tilapia market faired extremely well. The country was well supplied with product prior to China shutting...

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Catfish Industry Veteran Jack Perkins Stepping Down from VP Role at Consolidated Catfish Producers

Consolidated Catfish Producers (CCP) announced its Vice President of Sales and Marketing will be stepping down from his full-time position after 46-years in the catfish industry.

Perkins will remain with the company as Vice President of Business Development serving in an advisory position and assisting with the service of key accounts. He spent the last 34 years with CCP serving as s Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Delta Pride Catfish Company prior to their merger with CCP. His career in catfish began in 1975 as Vice President of Sales for Hormel’s Farm Fresh Catfish Company...

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USDA Looking for Bids on 342,000 Pounds of Catfish

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking for offers to sell 342,000 pounds of catfish products to be used in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.

Acceptances on the frozen, unbreaded raw fillets will be announced on November 20, 2020 and deliveries are to be made between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021.

In September, the USDA was eyeing bids on seafood including wild shrimp and Alaska pollock for Federal programs. The USDA said the goal of the purchases was to assist the U.S. seafood sector as restaurants and the foodservice sector were shut down due to the coronavirus...

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