Alaska Fish Factor

Legislators want federal help with seafood exports to China and Russia

Seafood is Alaska’s biggest export by far, and state legislators want the federal government to get tougher on trade policies that they say unfairly hurt global sales.

Two resolutions (Senate Joint Resolution 16 and SJR17) were advanced last week by the House Fisheries Committee that address Russia’s ban on buying any U.S. foods since 2014 and also punitive seafood tariffs by China since 2018. Meanwhile, the U.S. is importing an increasing amount of seafood from both countries.

Both resolutions were introduced by Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens and urge the federal government to restore open pathways...


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