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Apr 23 - On Eve of Brussels Show, Russian Pollock Producers Promise Market War in Europe


Apr 18 - US Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank Waiting on MSC Final Consultation for Haddock, Pollock and Redfish


Apr 11 - Russian Fishery Company Plans New 60,000 ton Value-Added Pollock Plant near Vladivostok


Apr 4 - April Mixed for Alaska Fisheries, Sitka Herring Slumps, but Southeast Tanner Crab was Good


Mar 27 - Russian Fishery Company (RFC) Joins GSSI as Second Russian Partner


Mar 15 - Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies


Mar 2 - Russian Fishery (RRPK) Aims to be World's Largest Pollock Producer With 7 New Trawlers, 2 Plants


Feb 28 - Trident Brings Its Fork & Fin Food Truck to UW, Students Line up for Pollock Tacos, Fish & Chips


Feb 27 - US Foods Spring Scoop Product Launch Features Shrimp, Salmon, Tuna and Pollock


Feb 26 - Russian Oligarch to Take 90% Control of Russian Fishery Co., Controlling Pollock Production


Feb 21 - White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent


Feb 14 - Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins


Feb 6 - More Russian Oligarchs Flooding into Fisheries With Aim to Buy Quota


Jan 31 - Restaurants Start their Seasonal Roll out of Seafood for Lent


Jan 30 - Russian Fishery Tries to Get Murmansk Cod Trawlers After Rival Accused of Having Foreign Ownership


Jan 18 - Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market


Jan 15 - South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia


Jan 3 - Russia Forecasts Significant Pollock Harvest Increase in Sea of Okhotsk This Year


Dec 27 - Russian Crab Industry Facing Work Force, Production Declines Due to Quota Auctions


Dec 13 - Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price


Dec 13 - Are Bering Sea Cod and Pollock Shifting Northward?


Nov 22 - AFDF Announces Winners of 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Contest


Nov 9 - Gorton’s Seafood Teams Up With SeaShare To Donate Pollock to Hurricane Victims


Nov 9 - LED Lights Show Promise for Decreasing Salmon Bycatch in West Coast Whiting Fishery


Oct 23 - Russia to Increase Tax Burden on Domestic Fishing Industry


Oct 11 - Russian Fish Producers Prepare for Redistribution of Fish Quotas


Sep 22 - Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis


Aug 30 - Russian Defense Company Will Get 36,000 Tons Pollock Quota as Part of Bid to Build Shore Factory


Aug 25 - Studies Show How Acidic Oceans are Affecting Alaska Species


Aug 2 - Alaska Fishing Season Booming With Salmon, Pollock, Cod and More


Aug 1 - Russia May Cut Pollock Exports This Year


Jul 24 - Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU


Jul 5 - Young Pollock Survival Better than Expected During Most Recent Bering Sea Warm Phase


Jun 5 - Bidding Prices of Pollock Roe Stay High for Japanese Traders Despite Higher Supplies from US, Russia


Jun 1 - Russian Fishing Co (RFC) Enters Crab Business with $170 million Quota Purchase at Auction


May 25 - DHL Now Shipping Live Crabs and Seafood from Northern Norway to South Korea and US Markets


May 18 - Facing Headwinds on European Standards, Russia's White Fish Producers Turn to Brazil


May 17 - SeaShare Partners with Native Association to Donate Pollock to Communities in Bristol Bay


May 15 - Newport’s Surimi Plant to Open this Season After Pacific and Oregon Dept of Justice Reach Agreement


May 1 - Russian A Season ends at 874,000 tons of pollock, up 6%; Industry wants TAC decrease in 2018


Apr 28 - Russian Pollock Fisheries Begin MSC Recertification Process, Join Industry Group Within MSC


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On Eve of Brussels Show, Russian Pollock Producers Promise Market War in Europe

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] By Eugene Gerden - April 23, 2018

The vice-president of the Russian Pollock Association (RPA), Alexei Buglak, says that Russian producers expect low prices to help them continue to rapidly expand their share of single frozen pollock markets in Europe.

He says that the US media and US pollock producers have continued their attacks on Russian pollock, especially since the fishery achieved MSC certification in 2013.

He said the pressure on Russian fisherman has significantly increased after granting ...

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US Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank Waiting on MSC Final Consultation for Haddock, Pollock and Redfish Trawl Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 18, 2018

The U.S. Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank haddock, pollock and redfish trawl fishery are one step closer to receiving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

A determination was reached by certification body Acoura Marine Ltd., who found that the fishery should be certified “according to the MSC Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fisheries.” However, the fishery must wait until the final consultation period has concluded before receiving their official MSC certification ...

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April Mixed for Alaska Fisheries, Sitka Herring Slumps, but Southeast Tanner Crab was Good

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio With Laine Welch] - April 4, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch --- Lots of fishing updates and salmon is just weeks away! 

April has brought a mixed bag so far for several Alaska fisheries, starting with a big slump in herring hauls at Sitka Sound. 

The fishery had openers on March 25 and 26 and managers closed it all down on April 3 when the bulk of the herring size and quality was just not up to snuff. The total harvest of 2,800 tons is down by ...

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Russia Postpones Distribution of Pollock Investment Quotas; Move May Favor Largest Companies

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - March 15, 2018

The Russian government has postponed distribution of investment quotas on the catch of pollock and herring this year until at least the middle of 2019, due to the lack of applications and bidders, according to some sources in the Russian Rosrybolovstvo and Russian leading fish producers.

Such a decision, however, has already been criticized by some Russian fish producers. Those producers say the move was taken to appease a few ...

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Trident Brings Its Fork & Fin Food Truck to UW, Students Line up for Pollock Tacos, Fish & Chips

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - February 28, 2018

SEATTLE, WA -- Trident Seafood’s food truck The Fork & Fin looks a little like an English pub with a black and white awning and hand-lettered signs. “Meet Cod's Delicious Cousin: Alaska Pollock!” cheers one poster next to what could only be described as the trucks family crest -- a crossed pollock and sea trident over a banner that says “Wild Alaska Seafood”.

Yesterday and tomorrow, on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, The Fork & Fin will be handing ...

 

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Russian Oligarch to Take 90% Control of Russian Fishery Co., Controlling Pollock Production

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerdern - February 26, 2018

Gleb Frank, a son-in-law of Gennady Timchenko, a Russian billionaire and friend of Russia President Vladimir Putin, will become a new main owner of Russian Fishery Company (RRPK), Russia’s leading fish producer.

The change will take place through the consolidation of a controlling stake in the company and the purchase of a share of Maxim Vorobyov, the brother of the Moscow region governor, another major shareholder and co-founder of RRPK.

According to Russian Ministry of Agriculture data, Frank currently owns ...

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Arby's Adds Nashville Hot Fish Pollock Fillet to Menu as Lent Begins

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 14, 2018

Things are heating up at Arby’s. The quick-service fast food chain has a new item on their menu – Nashville Hot Fish.

The Nashville Hot Fish sandwich is Arby’s “twist” on the Nashville hot chicken craze. The sandwich features a fried wild-caught Alaskan pollock fillet that’s coated with a blend of cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and garlic powder. The fillet is served on a sesame seed bun and topped with dill pickles, shredded lettuce and ...

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Restaurants Start their Seasonal Roll out of Seafood for Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - January 31, 2018

Lent begins on February 14, and some restaurant chains are already starting to roll out new seafood offerings for those that participate in the religious observance.

Catholics who observe Lent refrain from eating meat on Fridays, as well as Ash Wednesday, which falls on Valentine’s Day this year. To cater to the needs of customers, Bojangles, a Southeastern fast food chain that specializes in chicken, has brought back for a limited time their ...

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Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 18, 2018

Leading Russian pollock producers plan to significantly reduce the volumes of processing of their catch at Chinese factories this year despite the existing lack of capacities in the domestic market.

According to Andrew Teterkin, CEO of the Russian Fishery Company -- until recently one of Russia’s leading producers of whitefish -- China had cheap labor, which allowed RFC to supply the majority of pollock to Chinese factories, where it was further processed by manual labor to fillets and ...

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Russia Forecasts Significant Pollock Harvest Increase in Sea of Okhotsk This Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 3, 2018

Russia forecasts a significant increase of pollock catch in the Sea of Okhotsk this year that will contribute to the overall increase of pollock production in the country in 2018, according to recent statements of leading Russian scientists in the field of fish production and experts of Rosrybolovstvo.

According to the latest Rosrybolovstvo forecasts, the current pollock reserves in the Sea of Okhotsk are significantly higher than their long term average, with a tendency for growth.

Total pollock stock ...

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Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  December 13, 2017

Russia plans to overtake the US in the global pollock market during the next several years, that will take place through the increase of domestic production and possible expansion in major export markets, Russian experts believe.

According to predictions of experts of Russian Rosrybolovstvo, already next year pollock production in Russia may exceed 2 million tons, that will be significantly higher figures of the current year, which are predicted at 1.8 million tons.

Rosrybolovstvo expects already next year  Russian companies will start on-board production of pollock surimi and fillets and will start active expansion on global market with this product. In addition, next year Russian fisherman also plan  to increase the production of block pollock fillets and individual single frozen fillets.  

Finally, Russia plans to significantly increase the production of pollock roe ...

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AFDF Announces Winners of 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Contest

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 22, 2017

There are some new kings in Alaskan seafood. The Alaskan Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced the winners of the 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood contest, an annual event created to encourage product development in the Alaska seafood industry.

The Symphony was held in Seattle earlier this month and featured four categories for businesses to compete in: retail, foodservice, beyond the plate and ...

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LED Lights Show Promise for Decreasing Salmon Bycatch in West Coast Whiting Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Susan Chambers -- November 9, 2017

Light-emitting diodes - LEDs - are proving effective for lowering bycatch in fisheries besides West Coast pink shrimp.

A study by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center shows that LEDs are very effective in directing Chinook salmon to escape windows in Pacific hake trawl nets, according to a statement from the National Marine Fisheries Service. Chinook salmon bycatch in the hake fishery, the largest groundfish fishery on the West Coast, can ...

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Russian Fish Producers Prepare for Redistribution of Fish Quotas

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - October 11, 2017

Russian leading fish producers are preparing for the forthcoming redistribution of fish quotas in the country through the acquisition of smaller competitors and the expansion of production capacities.

For example, Kamchatka-based Okeanrybflot, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, yesterday announced the acquisition of two Russian fish producers from the Far East: Dalintorg and Lights of the East. Both companies were previously owned by Aqua-resources Group of Companies, a local fish producer, owned ...

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Russian Defense Company Will Get 36,000 Tons Pollock Quota as Part of Bid to Build Shore Factory in Primorye

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden August 30, 2017

Russian state and defense corporation Rostec may expand to the domestic fishery business through the acquisition of annual quotas on the production up to 36,000 tonnes of pollock and herring in Russia this year.

As part of these plans, the company may invest about U.S. $40 million to build a large-scale pollock processing plant in the Russian Primorye Territory. The provision for project funding may give ...

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Alaska Fishing Season Booming With Salmon, Pollock, Cod and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] August 2, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –Lots of fishing going on besides salmon. August updates after this –

 

Salmon takes center stage all summer but lots of other fisheries are out on the water as well. For salmon, the catch is on its way to 111 million fish, with sockeyes totaling about 50 million and pinks nearing 43 million - over half of the humpies are from Prince William Sound.

The total Alaska salmon catch for this year is pegged at...

 

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Russian Fishery Company Plans New 60,000 ton Value-Added Pollock Plant near Vladivostok

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 11, 2018

The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) plans to start construction of a shore-based pollock processing factory in 2018. The processing capacity of the factory will be more than 60,000 tons with an output of 25,000 tons of high value-added products.

The Company plans to put the factory into operation in 2020.

The "Russian Pollock" processing factory will be located at the Nadezhdinskaya Priority Development Territory close to Vladivostok, Russia.

The factory will be equipped with modern high-tech equipment and ...

 

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Russian Fishery Company (RFC) Joins GSSI as First Russian Partner

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafoodnews]  March 27, 2018

The Russian Fishery Company has joined GSSI as its second major funding partner from Russia. Norebo, another Russian whitefish company, is also a member of GSSI.  Norebo was formerly known as Ocean Trawlers.

GSSI, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, was developed by a global partnership of seafood producers and major retail and foodservice buyers, to provide a benchmark tool across the many sustainabiity certifications.  GSSI members rely on the benchmark to certify equivalence among sustainability certifications.

The Russian Fishery Company is the largest harvester of pollock in Russia, and 3rd largest in the world. They have 14 large fishing vessels equipped with modern fishing and processing equipment and have been in the forefront of the conversion of Russian production from H&G fish for twice frozen processing to single frozen blocks produced at sea, and sold in international pollock markets.

“For GSSI to truly provide an international, multi-stakeholder platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange in seafood sustainability, it is imperative that we have global representation..

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Russian Fishery (RRPK) Aims to be World's Largest Pollock Producer With 7 New Trawlers, 2 Plants

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  March 2, 2018

Russian Fishery (RRPK) company plans to become the world leading producer of pollock in the coming years through a significant increase of its catch.

The company has recently signed contracts for the construction of seven large-capacity fish trawlers, that will be operated in the Russian Far East.

RRPK has already received investment quotas under these trawlers, which means the company will be able to start pollock fishing with the help of these ships immediately after their commissioning.

In addition, in October 2017 RRPK confirmed it plans to build two fish processing plants in order to receive additional investment quotas. The sites in Vladivostok and Murmansk with a maximum capacity of 160 tons of products per day will allow the RRPK to obtain the right to catch up to 50,000 tons of pollock, herring and cod.

Already this year the company plans to catch about 60% of Far Eastern pollock,..

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US Foods Spring Scoop Product Launch Features Shrimp, Salmon, Tuna and Pollock

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 27, 2018

The first day of spring is not until March 20, but US Foods has released their 2018 Spring Scoop product line, which highlights 29 new products that are part of their Serve Good Program.

The Serve Good Program was launched in 2016 to meet the growing demands for responsible menu options . The program initially started with 24 products, but now features over 300 products that are not only responsibly sourced, but use packaging that is ...

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White Castle Brings Back Seafood Crab Cake Slider, Shrimp Nibblers For Lent

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - February 21, 2018

The Lenten season kicked off on February 14, boosting sales of seafood at restaurants for those that observe. To coincide with Lent, hamburger chain White Castle is bringing back two of their seafood favorites – the Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers.

“At White Castle, we’ve been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain,” Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle, said in a press release. “Last year, we were again a leader by ...

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More Russian Oligarchs Flooding into Fisheries With Aim to Buy Quota

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerdern - February 6, 2018

Natalia Panchenko, one of Russia’s richest women, together with her partner Efim Malkin have announced their plans for the establishment of a new, large company in the Russian fishing industry. They also announced plans to claim fish quotas this year.

To date, the partners have officially registered OOO Dalneye as the company that will develop their fishing business.

The volume of investments in the project is currently not disclosed. However, according to some sources close to the investors, it may reach ...

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Russian Fishery Tries to Get Murmansk Cod Trawlers After Rival Accused of Having Foreign Ownership

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 30, 2018

The Russian fish industry may have a new leader this year through the acquisition of the FEST Group of Companies, one of the largest fish producers in the Russian Northern Basin (Barents Sea). The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) -- Russia’s second largest fish producer -- hopes to purchase FEST after recent federal investigations.

FEST companies were established in 1997, according to the company's website, and the Murmansk Trawl Fleet was their beginning. RFC also was established in 1997.

The deal between RFC and FEST may be the result of ....

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South Korea Plans US $500 Million Investment in Pollock Processing Factories in Russia

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - January 15, 2018

South Korea plans to invest up to USD $500 million in the building of several large-scale factories in Russia that will specialize on the processing of Russian pollock, according to recent statements of a leading Russian fisherman and sources in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

New factories that will be built in the Russian Far East will have combined capacity of about 1.4 million to 1.5 million tons of pollock per year. In theory, these ...

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Russian Crab Industry Facing Work Force, Production Declines Due to Quota Auctions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - December 27, 2017

The Russian crab industry may face massive cuts of workers and the decline of production in 2019, due to the planned change of the existing scheme of quota distributions, according to recent statements from the head of the Russian Association of Crab Producers, Alexander Duplyakov.

Duplyakov said almost 3,000 people involved in the Russian crab business in the Far East, may lose their jobs already in 2018.

"Because not all the companies will be able to participate in these auctions, and find ...

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Are Bering Sea Cod and Pollock Shifting Northward?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Peggy Parker - December 13, 2017

Fisheries scientists from nations that share northern boundaries with the Arctic Ocean are looking at the effects of ocean warming and changes in the distribution of commercially important seafood species.

In western Arctic Canada, indigenous observations and scientific knowledge are collaborating to measure the frequency of salmon, particularly chum salmon, in the MacKenzie River System.  They have found that the frequency of “exceptional years” of higher return has increased. They want to know ...

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Gorton’s Seafood Teams Up With SeaShare To Donate Pollock to Hurricane Victims

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - November 9, 2017

Gorton’s Seafood is the latest company to team up with SeaShare, a nonprofit organization that delivers seafood to those in need. The Massachusetts-based company donated 214,000 pounds of pollock tenders, which comes out to approximately 856,000 servings.

“As the only nonprofit dedicated to bringing nutritious seafood to food banks, SeaShare provides an essential service,” Gavin Kennedy, Director of Consumer Marketing for Gorton’s Seafood, said in a statement. “With the increased need for wholesale meals in the wake of recent hurricanes, we are happy to be able to ...

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Russia to Increase Tax Burden on Domestic Fishing Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - October 23, 2017

Prior to presidential elections in Russia, scheduled for March 2018, and the ever growing budget deficit, the Russian government has decided to significantly increase tax burden on the domestic fishing industry. The government increased the taxes on catch of the majority of fish species by almost 10 percent, according to the press-service of the Russian Presidential Administration.

The increase of tax rates will mainly result in the introduction of amendments to the Russian tax code. According to the code, ...

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Russian Fishing Profits Fall in 2017; Industry on Verge of Financial Crisis

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Eugene Gerden - September 22, 2017

The latest financial indicators show the Russian fishing industry is on the verge of a serious crisis. According to data of the Russian Association of Fishermen (RAF), the balance profit of the industry in the first half of 2017 fell by18.7 percent, which happened for the first time since 2014.

Experts say the industry no longer feels any benefits from the devaluation of the ruble. Its profitability is also hampered by low global fish prices and poor purchasing ...

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Studies Show How Acidic Oceans are Affecting Alaska Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] August 25, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Latest lab results show impacts of acid oceans on key Alaska species.

The chemistry showing that our oceans are becoming more acidic can’t be denied. So how does all that absorption of increasing carbon dioxide affect some key Alaska fisheries?

"The direct effect of carbon dioxide increase may be the pH effect on the ability of a pollock or cod to grow or to have gas exchange across the ...

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