The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on 10 March to a USD 1.9 trillion (EUR 1.6 trillion) COVID-relief spending plan that includes some opportunities for the seafood industry to benefit.
A spokesperson for U.S. President Joe Biden said during the vote that he is expected to sign the bill into law on Friday, 12 March, according to C-SPAN.
H.R. 1319, also known as the American Rescue Plan Act, passed by a highly partisan 220-211… Read More
By an 84-15 vote on the afternoon of Tuesday, 2 March, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as the next U.S. secretary of Commerce. In that position, Raimondo will be the top official in the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to oversee the federal government’s policies concerning the fishing industry.Read More
When it comes to marketing fish, carp is a “four-letter word.”
According to the Detroit Free Press, Illinois state officials want to rename the Asian carp species that has ravaged waterways in the U.S. Midwest and South for decades.
Companies like Purina and Canadian-based Wilder Harrier have developed dog food products using the fish. But "it's been hard to get the human consumption part of this because of the four-letter word:… Read More
A bipartisan bill to end the use of drift gillnets to catch swordfish has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate a month after then-President Donald Trump vetoed similar legislation.
U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) refiled their bill, entitled the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, on Monday, 8 February. The bill calls for a ban on using the mile-long nets that reach 200 feet… Read More
Commercial seafood organizations have begun responding to a U.S. Justice Department task force report on human trafficking in international waters.
The report, nearly three years in the making, included 27 recommendations for the federal government to eliminate loopholes or strengthen policies. Some of those recommendations include the need for congressional legislation. Among this is a recommendation to create a temporary worker visa program… Read More
Oceana continues to challenge the U.S. government over federal catch limits on anchovy the organization claims ignore scientific advice.
In a statement on Monday, 1 February, the environmental conservation group announced it has filed two legal actions to support what it calls “science-based management” of the northern anchovy stock. The organization has taken NOAA Fisheries to court over anchovy catch limits multiple times over the… Read More
Testifying on Tuesday, 26 January, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo pledged to use science and data to help move the seafood industry forward if she becomes the country's next secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
With senators from several major fishing states represented on the panel, Raimondo got plenty of time to discuss her views on the commercial… Read More