The Trump administration is holding a set of public listening meeting between August 31st and November on the topic of allowing commercial fishing in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). You might be asking “why would anyone allow commercial fishing in MPAs that are probably designed to protect habitats from overfishing?” And you are completely right. There really is no reason for this type of deregulation.
The reason the Trump administration is using is because of the country’s seafood trade deficit. The Seafood trade is measured based on the value of the country’s exports vs the country’s imports.
I take the time to run through why Dr. Martin Smith form Duke University says the US should have a Seafood Trade deficit.
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