NaturalShrimp, Inc. has announced that a renovation project to upgrade its pilot production facility will be completed by the second quarter of 2020, allowing for full production to begin by the third quarter of the year. Located in Lacoste, Texas, U.S.A. …
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Maryland officials are stepping up their efforts to help crab houses in the state get the workers they need to remain viable.
Earlier this week, Governor Larry Hogan sent a letter to Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia asking them to lift the cap on H-2B visas the country issues.
The H-2B visa program allows companies in non-agricultural industries to fill temporary positions with immigrant labor.… Read More
After being grounded since last March, the Hawaii swordfish fishery reported its first landings of the season on Friday, 17 January.
Pacific Business News reported that “The Lady Luck” arrived at Pier 38 Friday morning with about 30,000 tons of swordfish. Within hours, the catch hit the auction floor.
Hawaii is a major provider of swordfish for domestic consumers, accounting for 55 percent of the American harvest. That translates… Read More
The Southern Shrimp Alliance is requesting the U.S. Department of Labor to revise policies the trade group claims allow certain seafood imports to avoid being associated with child and forced labor practices.
SSA Executive Director John Williams sent the letter to the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs on Monday 13 January. For more than a decade, the bureau has been responsible for producing a list of products that are… Read More
A bipartisan group from Congress is looking to cap the time federal officials have to make a determination on fishery disaster requests.
On Tuesday, 7 January, U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (D-California) and Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi) introduced the “Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act,” or Fishery FUNDD Act.
The bill would give the U.S. Commerce Secretary 120 days from either the receipt of the… Read More
Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, 8 January, against the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, claiming it has not done enough to protect green sea turtle habitats across the country from a variety of threats.
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the Turtle Island Restoration Network, and Sea Turtle Oversight Protection claim NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined… Read More
Two members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee are seeking the U.S. International Trade Commission to review the economic impact illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing has on American fishermen.
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts), the committee’s chairman, and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), who chairs the Ways and Means trade subcommittee, wrote to USITC Chairman David Johanson on Thursday, 19 December, to… Read More
A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives and senators from West Coast states have secured relief for groundfishermen in the region as part of the USD 1.4 trillion (EUR 1.26 trillion) spending bill for the 2020 fiscal year the House passed on Tuesday, 17 December ...
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, 10 December, passed legislation that would help ensure those who make a living on the water will have the space and resources they need to do their job.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) said that while 30,000 residents of her state rely on marine industries, such as commercial fishing, only 20 miles of Maine’s shoreline is considered suitable for work. That’s why she sponsored HR 3596,… Read More