U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross addressed U.S. fisheries regulations and his concern about the quality of seafood imports with the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, 20 March, and he said he’s looking for NOAA Fisheries officials to work harder to reduce the country’s seafood trade deficit.
Ross testified Tuesday 20 March before the House Appropriation Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to… Read More
Two U.S. senators have reached out to the country’s top trade representative, asking him to support the repeal of a seafood inspection program at the heart of a Vietnamese complaint to the World Trade Organization.
Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) sent a letter to Robert Lighthizer on Monday, 19 March, saying the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Catfish Inspection Program threatens agricultural trade… Read More
The push to get a Jones Act waiver for America’s Finest will take a new tack in the U.S. Senate.
Earlier this week, the Senate Homeland Security Committee approved its own version of the Department of Homeland Security reauthorization bill. The Senate’s version did not include an amendment approved by the House of Representatives to grant a waiver for the USD 75 million (EUR 61 million) ship built by Dakota Creek at its Anacortes,… Read More
Trident Seafoods Corp. will pay a fine of nearly USD 300,000 (EUR 243,000) to settle a complaint levied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it violated Clean Water Act regulations at two Alaska plants.
The fine is just one measure the Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based company must take to resolve its issues with the EPA. In addition, Trident has agreed to remove more than three acres of waste from the sea floor near one facility,… Read More
A U.S. Senate committee passed a bill on Wednesday, 28 February that would increase access for recreational anglers. However, critics claim that it comes at a cost to both the environment and commercial fishermen.
The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 now heads to the full body after the Senate Commerce Committee approved the measure by voice vote. The bill has bipartisan support, with U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker… Read More
Vietnam has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the United States, claiming the U.S. Department of Agriculture program targeting catfish inspections imposes illegal barriers to trade. The Southeast Asian nation is also seeking bilateral talks to resolve the issue.
Vietnam’s filing cites the newly implemented USDA inspection program, which imported pangasius now must pass through inspections performed by both the… Read More
A Louisiana congressman is calling on his state’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to establish a “bounty” program for Asian carp, an invasive species fish he said threatens the state’s fishing industry.
Rep. Clay Higgins likened the proposed program to one already in place for nutria. That program to curb the presence of the rodent has seen destruction of vegetation decrease by more than 90 percent over a 15-year… Read More
The public has less than a month to supply comments on U.S. government proposal to streamline the reporting process for participants in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program.
Last month, NOAA Fisheries unveiled a draft rule regarding the creation of a Commerce Trusted Trader Program, a voluntary effort that seeks to reduce costs for both industry and the government. The first public meeting regarding the proposal took place on 15… Read More
A consortium of groups with ties to the seafood industry is calling for the U.S. Congress to pass a Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill that gives the Regional Fishery Management Councils greater flexibility to achieve their objectives, but they also looking for federal officials to change how a couple of items are termed.
Saving Seafood’s National Coalition for Fishing Communities is asking Congress to do away with the term… Read More