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Government Seeking To Buy Nearly 18,000 Cases of Canned Salmon;
Alaska Sellers Need To Act Fast


September 18, 2004

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she was notified Friday that the federal government is seeking to buy nearly 18,000 cases of institutionally packed canned salmon for use in institutional (prison) food and nutrition programs. But Alaska sellers in Ketchikan and across the state must act very fast, indeed.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday it is seeking bids for 17,940 cases of four-pound cans of pink salmon. Bids for the salmon, to be shipped between Oct. 16th and Nov. 30th to prisons such as Leavenworth, Kansas, and other federal facilities, must be submitted by means of the internet by 1:30 p.m. (CDT) Monday, Sept. 20th. Bids will be selected by midnight Monday, Setptember 20th.

The bidding time is so short so that the sale can be completed before the close of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30th.

"The Alaska Delegation has been encouraging the government all year to buy more Alaska salmon for food programs because it is nutritious and because its bulk purchases also will help to reduce inventories and raises prices for Alaska salmon fishermen," said Sen. Murkowski who was notified of the purchase by Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman.

The buy, which must come from salmon packed during the 2003 season, comes after a commitment made by the Administration earlier this summer to buy at least $15 million of salmon packed during the just concluding 2004 harvest season - an increase of nearly $3 million compared to purchases last year.

More information on this buy (Announcement LS-7) can be obtained by contacting the Contracting Officer, Livestock and Seed Program, USDA, AMS, Stop 0253, Room 26-10-South; 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250. His telephone is 202/720-2650 and his fax is 202/ 720-9538.


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Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski
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