When I first read the headline that Alaska crabbers were calling for a retaliatory ban on Russia seafood imports, my thought was, well that seems like a knee-jerk reaction — what will that accomplish? If Russia is importing less
The second time I saw the news — this time with Alaska legislators backing the idea, it started to make more sense. Alaska’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the state department in late August asking that the U.S. work to convince Russia to end its ban, and if Russia does not do so, that the U.S. institute an import ban and coordinate with international allies to do the same.
Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Rep. Don Young
U.S. seafood suppliers are being forced to find new markets for
So, the same amount of product is being imported with less exported. Why not even things out? The U.S. imports the majority of its seafood but maybe having to rely on domestic supply would open up new opportunities.
U.S. President Barack Obama in June announced initiatives for the seafood industry including domestic aquaculture improvement, such as removing barriers in the permit process to encourage more aquaculture and “rebalance our seafood trade.”
It’s possible a need for
According to SPY Ghana, the country recently banned tilapia imports to spur growth in the local aquaculture sector. The ban will also create about 50,000 jobs in the aquaculture sector.
It is a bit extreme, but if a ban on Russia seafood imports is going to happen, maybe this is the silver lining.
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