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Seafood, See Jobs: Fishing Industry Highlights Tariff Fears

By / Aug 9, 2018 (YouTube screenshot)

The National Fisheries Institute’s newest advocacy campaign describes the local effects—and the potential pain—of the global trade conflict between the U.S. and other countries, particularly China.

Like the farming industry, commercial fishing is raising concerns about what it predicts will be the harmful effects of tariffs, using the voices of people actually working in the field.

Last week, the National Fisheries Institute relaunched its AboutSeafood.com website to tell stories of workers, particularly in the New England region, whose livelihood could be harmed by the Trump administration’s trade war with China and other countries. The campaign features a new slogan—“Seafood, See Jobs”—as well as expanded content offerings.

The site includes clips about seafood sourcing, a fishing supply business owned by two women in Maine, and the real-world costs of tariffs on U.S. fishermen. The goal is to show that all sectors of the industry would feel a deep impact from a decline in the global fishing trade.

“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,” NFI President John Connelly said in a news release. “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.”

Ernie Smith

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