WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several U.S. senators, including Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, have written a letter to U.S. Secretery of Commerce William Daley, urging the Commerce Department to take steps to address the subsidization of fishing fleets by foreign governments.
The senators said they believe the fishing subsidies by foreign governments are undermining the health of fisheries around the world and adversely affecting the competitive position of U.S. fishermen. The subsidies, they wrote in the letter, are “inconsistent with the fundamental U.S. policy of preventing and reducing overcapitalization in fisheries, and of achieving sustainability in all fisheries.”
The senators asked, in the letter, that the U.S. fishery regulators address the issue with other countries during the coming meeting of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization on fishing fleet capacity.