US: Alaska salmon might be used in international food aid programs – Fishupdate.com

US: Alaska salmon might be used in international food aid programs Published:  22 June, 2006

TONS of Alaska pink salmon might soon be feeding the needy in Jamaica, Guatemala and Cambodia, according to adn.com. Reportedly, state officials last week announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture had committed to purchase up to 1,400 tons of canned pink salmon to distribute in international food-aid programs. One Agriculture Department official was however, reportedly less definite about the purchase, though he indicated the chances are good.

“USDA is negotiating food-aid agreements with charitable organisations that work overseas,” Ron Croushorn, an agency official reportedly said. If the department completes three pending agreements as expected, he said, about 1,380 metric tons, or more than 3 million pounds of Alaska pink salmon, will go as food aid.

That’s good news for the Alaska commercial seafood industry, which has struggled with low prices for most of its salmon crop in recent years.

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