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Aug 21 - Tom Mazzetta Not Bothered by Tariffs on AK Seafood, Says Shrimp Tariffs Forced Him to Close Plant


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Tom Mazzetta Not Bothered by Tariffs on AK Seafood, Says Shrimp Tariffs Forced Him to Close Plant

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SEAFOODNEWS] Opinion - by Tom Mazzetta - August 21, 2018

The following opinion was written by Tom Mazzetta, President of Mazzetta Company, regarding some of the issues surrounding the proposed tariffs on Alaskan seafood exported to China for Processing.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it would require roughly $811 million to support U.S. fishermen affected by retaliatory Chinese tariffs set to go into effect this week.  

Included in that number is financial support that would theoretically go to Alaskan seafood ...

 

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OPINION: Hatcheries Are a Vital Part of Alaska's Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Opinion by Jerry McCune - July 3, 2018

Jerry McCune is the former president of United Fishermen of Alaska and the current president of Cordova District Fishermen United.

Summer is here, and salmon are returning to Alaska's rivers. Boats stream out of our harbors while Alaskans ready their sport rods, dipnets, and subsistence nets to take part in the annual harvest. Amid this swirl of activity runs another current that is far less enjoyable — the swirl of fish politics. The current topic of discussion, misinformation, and debate is Alaska's hatchery program ...

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Importers Fearful of Shrimp Disaster 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton - January 9, 2018

Given the recklessness with which some in Congress and the current administration are approaching trade issues, shrimp importers are fearful they could see a disaster that would have impacts across the entire US restaurant sector and retail sector.

There is a rider in the Senate Budget Bill, S.B. 1662, that if passed, would give the U.S. shrimp industry 30 days to meet new reporting requirements of the seafood import monitoring program.  Currently Shrimp is exempted for the foreseeable future.

Shrimp is the country’s most popular seafood, with Americans eating on average over 4 lbs. of shrimp per person per year.  Almost all of this shrimp, around 90%, is imported.  This year Gulf landings are the second lowest in five years, around 93.4 million pounds through the end of November.  Meanwhile, imports are at a record level of 1.3 billion pounds, with December’s imports not counted yet.

So the Gulf is producing about 7% of the total US shrimp supply.

In this environment, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran has introduced a rider in the Senate budget bill 

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