Researchers want to expand markets for roe

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Researchers in Kodiak want to open up new markets and expand existing ones for a popular fish product.

This delicacy is what you might imagine people at cocktail parties eating over stock market discussions. It’s also good with tortilla chips.

We’re talking about roe, fish eggs which in Alaska come from species like salmon, herring, and Pollock.

Roe produced in the United States is especially popular in East Asian markets according to statistics from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

The Kodiak researchers say the majority of Pollock roe goes to Japan and South Korea. Now, they hope to market alternative forms of roe to China also.

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Kayla Deroches is a reporter at KMXT in Kodiak.