Blue Harvest Fisheries has been granted a $4.4 million (€3.8 million) award from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to supply a total of 115,200 cases of frozen haddock, ocean perch and Atlantic pollock to child nutrition and other related food assistance programs around the United States.
Deliveries will start on Oct. 1 and run through Dec. 31.
All of the fish utilized for the program will be harvested by American-flagged vessels from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified fisheries in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, according to the company.
The products will be processed at Blue Harvest's facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, before being distributed to recipients nationwide.
"Given the uncertainties surrounding the seafood market during the ongoing pandemic, this order will help ensure that the groundfish industry at the New Bedford waterfront can continue working while providing food security for those who need it most," Keith Decker, CEO of Blue Harvest Fisheries, said of the purchase.
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