A group of Massachusetts lawmakers in Washington wrote to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday, 21 October, to say they were thankful the Department of Agriculture has included Atlantic seafood in its purchases for public food programs. Now, they want to see more of it.
Since announcing a USD 20 million (EUR 16.9 million) Section 32 program solicitation for Atlantic pollock, haddock, and redfish in May, the USDA has made just… Read More
The U.S. State Department has issued new guidance for certain individuals applying for H-2B and other temporary worker visas after a federal judge in California issued an injunction against the Trump Administration earlier this month.
For H-2B applicants, individuals must be prepared to show that their employer is a member of one of the following trade associations: the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the… Read More
Representatives from 80 seafood businesses and organizations signed on to a letter to U.S. senators on 13 October calling for support of a bipartisan bill designed to expand offshore aquaculture in federal waters …
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The U.S. International Trade Commission heard testimony Thursday, 1 October, on the effect the trade agreement between Canada and the European Union has had on America’s lobster industry.
The Canada-E.U. pact, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), has had a detrimental effect on U.S. lobstermen and exporters since it took effect three years ago, according to Robert DeHaan, the vice president for government affairs… Read More
Bad debt is plaguing the U.S. seafood industry, and the only cure is another federal stimulus package. That was the message Kim Gorton delivered Wednesday, 30 September, to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.
Gorton, the president and CEO of Slade Gorton and a board member of the National Fisheries Institute, the U.S. seafood industry’s primary trade body, told the panel seafood industry businesses like her… Read More
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday, 24 September, filed the Senate version of the AQUAA Act, a bill that would lay out the process for expanding aquaculture in federal waters ...
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A Texas aquaculture businessman convicted last year on child sex trafficking charges has been sentenced to life in prison.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos sentenced David Keith Wills on Tuesday, 22 September, after he was convicted on 17 of 18 counts after a 10-day trial.
Wills co-founded and was a part-owner of Global Blue Technologies, a shrimp hatchery company in Rockport, Texas that sells broodstock.
Prosecutors said Wills, 68, and… Read More
Several Gulf Coast fishermen’s organizations reached out to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission within the past week as the federal agency wrapped up receiving comments from the public on possible updates to regulations pertaining to “Made in the U.S.A.” labeling ...
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Environmental conservation group Oceana announced on Monday, 14 September, that it contributed USD 1 million (EUR 845,500) to California’s efforts to end the drift gillnet fishery in the U.S. state.
Oceana’s contribution matches state funding and goes toward a buyout program for fishermen who have been using the controversial gear to catch swordfish. The buyout program was part of a state law passed two years ago that calls for their… Read More