The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Aug. 13 issued an award to Trident Seafoods and Channel Fish for a bid that initially asked for nearly 8 million pounds of frozen Alaska pollock fillets for distribution through federal food and nutrition assistance programs, but the purchase was far below what the government agency had hoped.

The amount awarded was nearly 40 percent lower than what the USDA initially asked requested.

Trident was awarded the majority of the $10 million (€8.5