Americans have a brief window to share views on Trump’s back and forth seafood trade war with China.
China bought over half of Alaska’s seafood last year – $1.3 billion dollars’ worth.
Already in place since July 6 is a 25 percent tax on US seafood exported to China. That’s a done deal.
But still pending is a second 10 percent tariff on all seafood sent from China to the US, including reprocessed fish products. That 10 percent tax is set to go into effect in early September and will hurt the most in the short term, said ASMI director Alexa Tonkovich.
Public comments can be made the US Trade Office through August 17.
Also on the federal docket: Trump and his team have turned their eyes to scaling back protections in the Endangered Species Act. Americans also have a chance to give their two cents on that.
Last week the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed changes to the way species are listed or removed from protections, and how critical habitat designations are made. New language also would allow officials to consider the economic consequences of listing a species.
The New York Times called it “the most sweeping set of changes in decades” to the regulations used to enforce the Act.
Comments on proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act can be made through September 24.
Comments on 10% China seafood tariff —
Comments on 3 areas of Endangered Species Act —
Revision of the Regulations for Listing Species and Designating Critical Habitat – Docket Number: FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0006
Revision of the Regulations for Prohibitions to Threatened Wildlife and Plants – Docket Number: FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0007
Revision of Regulations for Interagency Cooperation – Docket Number: FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0009