A US task force is developing a seafood trade strategy Photo: NOAAA US task force is developing a seafood trade strategy Photo: NOAA

A new task force has submitted recommendations to help level the playing field for US seafood exporters and importers when doing business with other countries.

As required by the Presidential Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth, the Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force submitted their recommendations to the office of the US Trade Representative.

The recommendations, which took into account submitted public comments, are intended to support fair market access for US seafood products through trade policy and negotiations.

As a large seafood-consuming and fishing nation, it is critical that the US takes an active role in shaping the conservation and management regimes of international fisheries. The seafood sector also plays an important role in the US economy, generating approximately 1.74 million jobs. Trade in this sector is vital, as the US is the largest importer and fifth largest exporter of seafood.

The US also aims to level the playing field for US fishermen who operate in some of the most sustainably managed and collaboratively regulated fisheries in the world by engaging other nations through various fisheries and intergovernmental organisations.

The next step is for US Trade Representative, in consultation with other federal agencies and advisory boards, to develop and submit an interagency seafood trade strategy to the White House by 3 November.

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