The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010||
Sponsor Statement: House Joint Resolution 43
Federal Funding: Domestic Seafood Marketing
|Sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon|
Co-Sponsors: Rep. Austerman, Rep. Johansen, Rep. Harris, Rep. Seaton, Rep. Muñoz, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Thomas, Rep. Kerttula, Rep. Herron, Rep. Millett, Rep. Joule
“Urging the federal government to provide funding for domestic seafood marketing and promotional activities.”
Posted: February 14, 2010
Status: (H) RES : 2010-02-17
HJR 43 communicates to the Obama Administration, the Alaska Congressional Delegation, and Congress the Legislature's support for using a portion of federal revenues generated from duties on imported seafood and fish products for marketing American seafood—including that harvested in Alaska.
Since the 1990s, well over fifty percent of the fish consumed annually by American families is the product of foreign countries. And every year the governments of many of these countries bankroll multi-million-dollar campaigns to market their seafood to Americans.
While the Alaska seafood industry as well as the state of Alaska contribute millions in funding for marketing purposes, the amounts are not adequate to finance the vigorous, consistent, and innovative promotion that our products require in the face of foreign competition.
Meanwhile, each year hundreds of millions of dollars are derived from duties on these imported fish and fish products that so aggressively compete with American seafood. Yet only an insignificant fraction of this revenue has ever been employed to promote domestically produced seafood.
HJR 43 endorses putting a portion of these revenues to work in developing and maintaining the robust domestic markets that healthy, sustainable Alaskan seafood deserves. The resolution urges Congress to pass legislation dedicating such funding for the effective domestic marketing of American seafood. And it asks the Alaska Delegation in Congress to work together with representatives from other seafood producing states to accomplish these goals.