SJR 17: Requesting the United States Trade Representative to bring a renewed focus on the plight of producers of seafood in the state and the United States and to compel China to comply with its commitment to increase its imports of seafood products from the United States.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 17 01 Requesting the United States Trade Representative to bring a renewed focus on the 02 plight of producers of seafood in the state and the United States and to compel China to 03 comply with its commitment to increase its imports of seafood products from the United 04 States. 05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 WHEREAS the harvesting and production of seafood is a vital part of the state's 07 history and future and is an important economic engine for the state; and 08 WHEREAS state and federal fisheries occurring in and adjacent to state waters 09 regularly provide 60 percent of the seafood sold in the United States domestic market; and 10 WHEREAS fair access to export markets is critical for the state's seafood producers 11 and economy, with up to 80 percent of Alaska seafood landings by volume destined for 12 export; and 13 WHEREAS producers of Alaska seafood have long faced unfair barriers to entry in 14 key export markets and now face steep new barriers to entry in some of their most important 15 markets; and
01 WHEREAS the total value of seafood exports from the state and from the United 02 States has declined in recent years as a direct result of these barriers, hurting the state's 03 seafood producers and the state economy at large; and 04 WHEREAS, in 2020, exports of United States seafood to China were reduced by 44 05 percent as compared to 2017 levels, a flagrant violation of purchase commitments made by 06 China under the Economic and Trade Agreement Between the Government of the United 07 States of America and the Government of the People's Republic of China signed on 08 January 15, 2020; and 09 WHEREAS seafood exports have too often been overlooked or under-prioritized by 10 United States trade negotiators, as evidenced by the complete omission of seafood from the 11 2019 Trade Agreement Between the United States of America and Japan; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature calls on United States Trade 13 Representative Katherine Tai and the Office of the United States Trade Representative to 14 bring a renewed focus on the plight of United States seafood producers and to secure China's 15 immediate compliance with its commitments relating to the importation and purchase of 16 United States seafood exports. 17 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, President 18 of the United States; the Honorable Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States and 19 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative; and the 20 Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the 21 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.