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Menendez, Booker, Pallone Applaud Major Step to Protect Jersey Shore from Offshore Drilling
President heeds call, issues partial Atlantic drilling ban
NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (N.J.-06) today applauded President Obama for heeding their call to take steps to further protect the Jersey Shore from offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. President Obama exercised his authority to permanently ban offshore drilling in deep water canyons from Virginia to New England, including off the New Jersey coast, and in much of the Arctic Ocean.
“The families and businesses who depend on a thriving Jersey Shore and clean Atlantic Ocean took an important step forward with the President’s decision to permanently ban drilling in parts of the Atlantic. Today, we celebrate a milestone in our fight to protect the Jersey Shore, but acknowledge that our work is not yet done,” said Sen. Menendez. “In my first month as a United States senator in 2006, I introduced legislation to permanently ban drilling in the Atlantic. Over the last ten years, I’ve been proud to stand with New Jerseyans time and again as we stood up to Big Oil—against all political odds. I will never stop fighting until we fully protect our shores and secure an economic and environmental legacy for generations to come.”
“New Jerseyans stood united in calling for the protection of the Atlantic Ocean and this announcement marks an important step in that fight,” said Sen. Booker. “I applaud President Obama for answering calls to permanently protect vulnerable waters in the Atlantic and the Arctic oceans from the potential devastating effects of a catastrophic oil spill. We must now stand ready to fight any efforts by the incoming administration to undermine these historic protections for our environment, our economy and our coastal communities.”
“I applaud President Obama for taking an important step to protect the Jersey Shore and the coastal communities that rely on it by withdrawing 5,990 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean from future drilling,” said Pallone. “Oil spills don’t respect state borders. The fact remains that opening up the Atlantic Ocean for fossil fuel development is unnecessary, poses a serious threat to our coastal communities, and is the wrong approach. I remain convinced that the only way to ensure that New Jersey is not the victim of a devastating oil spill is to place a permanent ban on offshore drilling anywhere in the Atlantic. An oil spill along the Atlantic Coast would cause severe environmental damage to fisheries, beaches and wildlife. President-elect Trump’s appointments to the EPA and the Department of Energy clearly show that his administration will pursue shortsighted and reckless policies for our environment and I will fight any effort by his administration to open up drilling in the Atlantic.”
Last month, Sens. Menendez and Booker and Rep. Pallone stood on the Long Branch... to call upon President Obama to exercise the authority granted to him by Congress under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to protect the Jersey Shore by permanently banning offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean before he leaves office.
Sens. Menendez and Booker joined 12 other Senate colleagues in a letter to President Obama urging him to permanently protect the Atl... and Arctic Oceans from oil and gas drilling.
Sen. Menendez and Rep. Pallone are the authors of the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism (COAST) Anti-Drilling Act, a bill cosponsored by Sen. Booker to permanently ban exploration, development, or production of oil or gas in the North, Mid-, or South Atlantic Ocean.
In March, the Obama Administration removed the Atlantic Ocean from the Outer Cont...(Five Year Program) for 2017-2022 after Sens. Menendez and Booker and Rep. Pallone helped lead a coalition of elected officials, shore communities, fishermen, small businesses and environmental advocates up and down the eastern seaboard in sending a clear message to the oil industry that our shores are not for sale. The federal lawmakers led a Jersey Shore rally in January to #KillT....
Following the election of Donald Trump, who ran on an anti-environment campaign and is filling his cabinet with oil executives and climate deniers, Sen. Menendez stepped up the pressure for a permanent offshore dril... and op-ed in the Newark Star-Ledger, making the case for immediate action by President Obama before the sun sets on his administration.
I often write about how easy mahi goes bad due to its containing one of the highest histadine levels of any seafood ... Histadine converts to toxic histamine when seafood spoils.
Mahi Likely to Disappear from Menus in 2017 as High Rate of FDA Refusals Has Importers Back Off
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - December 15, 2016
Frozen mahi inventories in the US market are likely to be short in 2017 since importers are backing away from the fish because of high rates of FDA rejections this year. This means mahi is likely to disappear from menus next year as importers are advising customers to find alternatives.
Mahi refusals through November this year are more than double from 2015. Mahi is the number one most rejected seafood item of the year so far in 2016 with 267 line items refused entry to the US market.
The FDA reports filth as the overwhelming reason for mahi refusals. Importers say the FDA appears to have stepped up its auditing practices on mahi shipments bound for the US. Many of the audits are resulting in outright mahi rejections, which importers say is different compared to previous years. Some of these rejected shipments had passed importers own private testing by FDA approved laboratories but were rejected when the FDA conducted its own tests
But beyond mahi, it appears the FDA is focusing on filth in all seafood since it is accounting for over 60 percent of total rejections this year. The FDA’s overall seafood shipments in 2016 are trending 20 percent higher over last year because of a sharp increase in overall seafood rejections for filth.
At the same time, the Mahi fishing seasons in Ecuador and Peru have been lackluster. Importers are reporting tight availability of the fish. Processors are paying premium prices for raw materials at the beach, which has translated to record high fresh prices and near record high frozen prices in the market according to Urner Barry.
So it’s possible this season’s lack of supply has forced importers to scrape around for mahi to fill orders.
However, given the FDA’s apparent crackdown on filth in seafood, some mahi importers are backing away from the item altogether because it’s become too risky to import.
Traders are now telling their customers to find alternatives for mahi in 2017 since a poor fishing season, coupled with more stringent FDA inspections and rejections is expected to severely limit the availability of the fish in the market.