Russian fishing companies would no longer be able to market their pollock catch as “Alaska Pollock” under a provision included in a congressional spending bill expected to gain approval later this week.

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Russian fishing companies would no longer be able to market their pollock catch as “Alaska Pollock” under a provision included in a congressional spending bill expected to gain approval later this week.

Pollock is the biggest volume fishery in the U.S., and huge schools can be found in U.S. waters off Alaska and also in Russian waters. Most of the pollock fleet is based in Washington state.

The Food and Drug Administration’s official listing for the fish’s name is “Alaska Pollock.” And U.S. fishermen have long been frustrated that Russian fishing companies can legally market their catch with the Alaska name attached to it.

The bill’s provision would change the FDA listing to just “Pollock,” so that Russian-caught could not be legally labeled as “Alaska Pollock.”

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U.S. fishing companies would also have to label their fish the same way, but they could add that it is Alaska caught. That would aid marketing efforts keyed to pitching their fish as a sustainably caught, high-quality product.

The legislative fix was pushed in the Senate by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D- WA. as well as Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK.

In 2012, 113 million pounds of Russian pollock were sold in the U.S. as Alaska pollock, according to a statement from Cantwell’s office.