NFI warns of harmful tariffs

National Fisheries Institute seafood Seafood, See Jobs’ will be regularly updated with new videos looking at why both importers and exporters fear the effect of trade tariffs. Credit Quention Bates

The US National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has rebranded its AboutSeafood.com website to support American seafood workers in recognition of the threat posed by new trade tariffs.

AboutSeafood.com has become ‘Seafood, See Jobs’ as part of the NFI’s campaign of the same name and now features video testimony from every part of the seafood workforce to explore the reality of tariffs on American jobs. The site will be regularly updated with new videos looking at why both importers and exporters fear the effect of these trade policies, said NFI.

“To understand the negative impact these tariffs will have on American workers you have to go see them, you have to talk to them, you have to hear their concerns,” said NFI president John Connelly. “We’re bringing those stories to policy makers so they understand; this is not a theoretical, economic chess game. These tariffs have the potential to do a lot of harm to the seafood community and that community’s jobs are right here in the U.S.”

Importing vital

The NFI explained US waters are fished to their sustainable yield and to feed Americans the seafood community must source seafood from countries around the globe, even as US harvesters use global markets to sell their catch.

It added: “What’s more, the raw product, that comes from valued global trading partners, is the fuel that drives jobs in the U.S. This is not a situation where the raw imported product is taking jobs away from American workers but just the opposite. It is the material that keeps them viable. Jobs in processing, portioning, value adding, storing, delivering and serving all depend on seafood imports.”

Vital US seafood exports are caught up in the trade war already and its impacts could be devastating to those working in the US fishing industry, the NFI stressed.

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