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Alaska lawmakers laud USDA's approval of $30 million pollock contract

US lawmakers say the state's seafood industry is being hit hard by the trade war with China.

Alaska lawmakers lauded the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to approve a Section 32 purchase of up to $30 million (€26.3 million) of Alaska Pollock for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs.

Republican Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan applauded the move Monday, citing how Alaska seafood has been negatively impacted by Trump's Trade war with China.

“Alaska Pollock is a significant and lucrative market for Alaska and the United States, accounting for one-third of our country’s seafood output. Unfortunately, in light of the retaliatory tariffs imposed by China on Alaska pollock products, many of those involved in the industry have suffered,” said Murkowski.

At a recent Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) meeting earlier this month, the nonprofit said it is pushing for more seafood to be included in all United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs.

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