The United States Seafood Industry Association released the following statement from Executive Director Terri Lei Beideman:

2017 is shaping up to be a major year for Atlantic hurricanes.  Both personally, and on behalf of USSIA, I want to extend my condolences to the millions that are affected by these storms.  You have been and will remain in our thoughts during this difficult time.

As I write this statement, the consequences of Hurricane Harvey to America’s seafood industry are just beginning to be tallied.  And yet, with Hurricane Irma already affecting seafood families and businesses in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and threatening many more along the east coast, it is critical that we, as an industry, join together in support of our fellow members and industry at this time.  These storms have the potential for catastrophic impact to many of USSIA’s members and the wider U.S. domestic seafood industry businesses, families, and the communities that depend on their vibrant social and economic contributions.

USSIA stands ready to assist in any way to members that suffer loss as a result of these powerful storms.  If warranted, we will work with local and regional fisheries associations, as well as state, territorial, and federal government officials to seek and obtain any necessary disaster assistance or other relief.

USSIA reminds its members and the wider industry to not place yourselves in harm’s way during these powerful storms.  Property can be replaced – lives cannot.

USSIA has established a “Hurricane Relief Fund”.  Our Board of Directors will authorize release of any donations received, either to fishery or disaster relief organizations in the affected areas.

Please make checks payable to “USSIA” or “U.S. Seafood Industry Association”, note “Hurricane Relief Fund” on the memo, and mail to:

USSIA
PO BOX 868
LAKEWOOD, NJ 08701-0868

Donations can also be made to the American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/.

The United States Seafood Industry Association represents the people, businesses, and organizations that depend on seafood harvested responsibly from America’s fisheries.  Our membership comprises all parts of the U.S. domestic seafood industry, from fishermen to restaurants and other end-users.  Together, as a united industry, USSIA and our members advance policies and programs that support state, territorial, and federal fisheries.  The U.S. seafood industry meets and exceeds the highest standards for sustainability and responsibility in the world, and through our combined efforts we communicate that message to the public, policymakers, and advance programs that support and expand opportunities in the industry.