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By Rachel Sapin
Intrafish 

USDA awards walleye contract to Native American seafood business

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe, owns Red Lake Nation Fisheries.

 

February 3, 2021

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Minnesota-based Red Lake Nation Fisheries a contract for $466,903.62 (€385,243.10) to distribute 43,800 pounds of frozen walleye fillets to federal programs in Kansas City, Missouri, part of the agency's aggressive contract purchasing policy over the past year.

The product will be used in the USDA's National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance programs.

Deliveries will be made between Feb. 1 through Feb.15.

Red Lake Fisheries is closely aligned with the Red Lake Nation Department of Natural Resources, it said on its Facebook business page.

The fisheries program began in 1987 and is responsible for the management and conservation of reservation fish stocks on 237,000 acres of Upper and Lower Red Lake, 135 smaller lakes, and approximately 55 miles of rivers and stream.

On Thursday, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was accepting bids for 29,200 pounds of frozen walleye fillets for Idaho as part of its National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance programs. Acceptances will be announced on Feb. 10, with deliveries to be made between April 1-15 of this year.

The USDA in 2020 made record near-purchases of seafood for federal programs. (Copyright)

The USDA awarded seafood companies nearly $120 million through 2020

Award Date

Contract Value (USD)

Companies awarded

Species

Dec.10

$12,369,942.40

OBI Seafoods, Peter Pan, Trident

salmon

Nov. 12

$1,667,060.00

America's Catch

catfish

Sept. 24

$25,140,000.00

Consolidated Catfish Companies, Lafitte Frozen Foods, Ocean Select Seafood, Sea Pearl Seafood

shrimp

Sept. 23

$2,121,418.40

Trident, Channel Fish

pollock

Sept. 22

$4,425,480.00

Blue Harvest Fisheries

pollock, haddock, perch

Aug. 25

$1,609,364.60

Trident, Channel Fish

pollock

Aug. 18

$2,272,089.60

Trident

pollock

Aug. 12

$2,142,440.00

America's Catch, Consolidated Catfish Companies

catfish

Aug. 6

$15,970,170.80

High Liner, Trident

pollock

July 2

$9,353,320.00

America's Catch, Consolidated Catfish Companies, Heartland Catfish

catfish

June 25

$3,938,400.00

Consolidated Catfish Companies

catfish

June 11

$23,798,170.10

Trident, Ocean Beauty

Salmon, pollock

May 27

$4,048,371.62

Channel Fish, High Liner

pollock

May 22

$4,197,480.00

America's Catch, Heartland Catfish, Simmons Farm Raised

catfish

May 20

$1,231,200.00

Consolidated Catfish Companies

catfish

May 15

$5,469,340.00

America's Catch, Heartland Catfish

catfish

Total

$119,754,247.52

Source:

USDA

• Chart created by Rachel Sapin

 

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