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Influencing policy and lawmakers

We ensure that our viewpoint is a prime consideration taken into account by policymakers on the many issues that impact the U.S. domestic seafood industry.

The decisions made by policymakers at the local, state, regional, and federal government levels have huge impacts on our industry.  The U.S. domestic seafood industry is highly regulated by dozens of different government bodies – running the gamut from fishery, aquaculture, and mariculture regulations, food safety regulations, import and export regulations, environmental regulations, workplace safety regulations, vessel inspection and maintenance requirements, seafood fraud regulations, endangered, threatened, and protected species regulations, small business regulations – and on, and on.  Besides these local, state, regional, and federal government bodies, much of the industry also is affected by decisions made by international bodies.

Most fisheries organizations work hard to advocate for their members in areas of pressing need – especially fishery or geographically specific issues – and often do a great job on the issues that they cover.  However, many organizations lack the resources or combined focus on some of the larger issues that we, as an industry, must focus on in order to continue and flourish.

Opponents of the industry, many of whom are much better funded and very well organized, focus on all of these issues.  They have shown that they have patience and stamina to keep focused on these issues, so long as they slowly, but surely, continue to misguide policymakers, causing harm to our entire industry.

Our Approach

USSIA took a long, hard look at how other organizations have advocated successfully to advance their views.  We looked both at those opposed to facets of our industry, as well as other industries that have had success in their advocacy works.  As a result of this research, we have implemented an integrated approach to ensuring effective advocacy, both by combining and amplifying the successful work done by others in our industry, as well as by bringing in new ideas from leading trade associations in non-seafood industries.

  • USSIA harnesses our combined connections with policymakers to advance our shared objectives. Through constant consultation and communication with our members and brother and sister organizations, we advance united positions that make real progress on industry-wide issues.
  • USSIA’s focus is on our U.S. harvested seafood industry as a whole. The policymakers we connect with span our many geographic areas and a many issues.  Building positive relationships across multiple levels of government nationwide, and internationally, builds our name, reputation, and ensures that our positions will continue to gain prominence with policymakers.
  • Our strong focus on educating the public and correcting the record helps us build and maintain credibility with policymakers, maximizing our political capital for the benefit of our members.

USSIA and our members leverage our connections across the industry and with policymakers at all levels to ensure that they have a fair, accurate view of the impacts of their decision-making.  Our national scope, reputation, and honest, comprehensive approach ensures that USSIA is consulted, and that our views are given prime consideration, at all levels of policymaking.

Regulatory review process: Every proposed or changed regulation will be managed in an organized,
structured manner, with the availability of review from scientific, political, policy, and legal perspectives.
Partner Organizations will also benefit from this integrated approach to help them ensure that no stone
is left unturned in the advancement of our mutual missions.

Expanded legislative outreach: In addition to coordinating with and supporting member efforts to work
with their elected persons, as funds allow, the Association may undertake the formation of a Political
Action Committee (“PAC”). This will allow us to pool our political influence and focus resources on those
candidates that support our vital industry.