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El trabajo más difícil dentro del sector de la pesca no es pescar sino procesar el pescado durante una pandemia global

Amanda Moeser, , UCS

Las vacaciones en casa no existen para las personas que trabajan sin cesar para pescar, cultivar, procesar, empacar, transportar y distribuir los mariscos en Estados Unidos. Denominada inmediatamente como un servicio esencial, la industria pesquera cuenta con ingresos anuales de $244 mil millones, aporta 1,74 millones de puestos de trabajo y es el alma  de los pueblos costeros a lo largo de EEUU, desde los puertos pintorescos de Nueva Inglaterra hasta las comunidades del Golfo y los puertos bulliciosos del Nordeste Pacífico y Alaska. Read more >

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The Most Dangerous Job in Fishing Isn’t Fishing—It’s Processing Fish During a Global Pandemic

Amanda Moeser, Ph.D. Environmental Science student, , UCS

There is no such thing as a “staycation” for the people working tirelessly to fish, farm, process, package, transport, and distribute seafood in the United States. Immediately deemed an “essential service,” the $244 billion/year seafood industry supports 1.74 million jobs and is the heart and soul of seaside towns across the United States. Read more >

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Ask an Expert: Reviving the Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone

, senior writer

Speaking to UCS Food and Environment Program economist Rebecca Boehm, about Reviving the Dead Zone, a report released this summer that provides the first comprehensive assessment of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone’s economic impact, and warns the root problem—agricultural nutrient pollution—will likely worsen due to climate change. The dead zone causes as much as $2.4 billion in damage to fisheries and marine habitat every year, the report found, but there are proven ways to clean it up that would benefit farmers and the fishing industry alike. Read more >

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How an Upcoming USDA Rule Would Jeopardize the Safety of Poultry Workers

, Research Analyst

Bowing to industry’s wishes, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to change regulations in a way that will compromise food safety and further endanger the lives of poultry plant workers across the nation. Read more >

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Big, Colliding Problems in Gulf and Elsewhere Need Science-Based Solutions Now

, Economist

Hurricane Laura, one of the most intense hurricanes to hit the Gulf in over a century made landfall along the Texas-Louisiana border early this morning. But even before Laura hit today, 2020 has been a hard year for the Gulf. Many communities along our Southern coast face a multitude of big, colliding environmental and public problems. That includes longstanding ones as well as ones new this year. But regardless of when these problems began or how long they have afflicted the Gulf, they can only be adequately addressed with policies that are firmly grounded in science. Read more >

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