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USDA Shares Purchase Awards for Pollock, Catfish Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced purchase awards for catfish products and pollock products.

From the pollock side, the USDA bought just over $1.6 million of frozen Alaska pollock products. In total, 543,200 pounds of pollock was purchased.

Channel Fish Processing landed $817,191.43 from the USDA for frozen pollock sticks. Meanwhile, Trident Seafoods received $785,268 for frozen pollock in 49.5 lb. bulk containers.

Find the pollock purchase award description from the USDA here...

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Heartland Catfish Moves to Eliminate Additive; Move Set to Boost Consumer Accessibility

U.S. catfish farmer Heartland Catfish announced it will transition to phosphate-free solutions in a move that will reduce environmental impacts and increase the consumer accessibility of Heartland Catfish products.

The vertically integrated farmer said its frozen products including its frozen fillets and frozen nuggets are injected before freezing with a solution that improves water retention and longevity.

In the past, the company used a solution that included water, sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium hexametaphosphate, ascorbic acid and citric acid...

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Court Finds Four Importers Guilty in Conspiracy to Illegally Smuggle Banned Catfish

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement shared that on July 15, four seafood importers were found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to illegally smuggle prohibited catfish into the United States.

The guilty plea follows special agents and investigators' work to remove an estimated 43,800 pounds of illegal catfish from the seafood supply chain.

“This case demonstrates the importance of collaboration across U.S. government partners to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing,” said James Landon, Director of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE)...


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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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USDA Invites Offers for 1.2 Million Pounds of Catfish Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has invited offers to sell catfish products for use in the National School Lunch Program and other federal food and nutrition assistance programs.

Acceptances will be announced by May 20, 2022. Deliveries are to be made between July 16 and December 15, 2022, per the USDA.

The purchase requests shows the USDA is looking for unbreaded raw catfish fillets and breaded oven ready catfish strips to be sent throughout the country.

In total, the USDA eyes... 

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ANALYSIS: Conflicting Trends on Imported Catfish

After a steep incline in wholesale prices on Chinese catfish frozen fillets beginning in the first quarter of 2021, the market finally came off for the first time in a year. Since March 2021 Chinese catfish increased $2.00/pound, leading to pushback from consumers, a drop in demand, and ultimately sellers discounting product to entice sales.

Additional factors contributing to the market softening include supply and the wind down of the Lenten season. Compared to a few months ago, inventories are in better...

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USDA Looking to Buy 1.4 Million Pounds of Catfish Through Build Back Better Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invited offers to sell catfish products for use in domestic food distribution programs.

The USDA’s latest purchase request was made through the Biden administration’s Build Back Better Initiative. According to the solicitation, bids are due by September 14, acceptances will be announced by September 23 and deliveries will be made between November 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023.

In total, the USDA is eyeing 1.44 million pounds of frozen, breaded and oven-ready catfish strips...

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GAO Recommends USDA Strengthen Efforts to Prevent Unsafe Drug Residue in Imported Seafood

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a number of “priority open recommendations” for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement including increasing its focus on efforts to prevent unsafe drug residue in imported seafood, among other recommendations.

The GAO wants the USDA to “protect the safety of the food supply” by having the Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) coordinate and communicate with the FDA in developing drug residue testing methods and corresponding maximum residue levels (MRLs) for imported catfish...

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U.S.-based Heartland Catfish Says High-Demand, Low-Supply Situation Could Remain in 2022

Heartland Catfish, a catfish farmer based in the U.S. provided a market check-in created by VP of Sales and Marketing Jonathan Mills as the company wrapped up the first quarter of 2022.

Mills opened the market check-in with comments about how lessening COVID impacts, labor shortages and slower production cycles may lead to the high-demand, low-supply situation facing the industry could continue throughout the year.

Heartland broke down the current situation with feed, sales and processing. Feed remains down 3%...

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Vietnam: Successful Domestication of Saltwater Catfish

Successful domestication of saltwater catfish is the result of a research project on catfish saltwater tolerance. The fish has initially adapted well to a salinity degree of up to 10/1000.

Under the influence of climate change, many localities in the Mekong Delta are facing saline intrusion. To cope with the situation, various agricultural production models and research projects have been formed to help farmers adapt and develop well in drought conditions.

In 2017, the Fishery Faculty of Can Tho University in cooperation with the University of Liège and the University of Namur...

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