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WCSPA Welcomes New USDA Seafood Purchases

May 19, 2021
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In a March 2021 letter to the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the WCSPA, Midwater Trawlers Cooperative, Oregon Trawl Commission and Fishermen's Marketing Association asked the AMS to specify Pacific pink shrimp, Pacific rockfish and Pacific hake (whiting) as USDA Section 32 “bonus buys.” Ten West Coast lawmakers, including Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif.; Reps. Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.; Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.; and Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., supported the seafood industry in a letter to Secretary Vilsack in early April. During the past few months, processors worked with AMS staff to become certified vendors for specific commodities -- all with a goal of making seafood products available to the USDA and assistance programs.