What others say: Beyond fair trade

  • Monday, June 11, 2018 10:14am
  • Opinion

With all of the merchandise coming into the United States from China, it’s fair play that Alaska sends some of its products to China.

Trident Seafoods has done this for 20 years.

But what the Chinese consumers often don’t realize is that that product is wild Alaska seafood.

It’s hoped they will begin to be better informed following Gov. Bill Walker’s trade mission to the Asian nation. Among those who joined him are Trident Seafood officials, a company with a Ketchikan operation.

If the Chinese know more about the wild seafood they consume, then they can be directed to stores and markets to buy more of it.

They already are voracious consumers of seafood. Estimates show that each Chinese person eats about 88 pounds of seafood a year.

And Alaska sees the potential for even greater consumption once the Chinese are given the information as to how to buy and/or order the seafood more directly.

This is what trade missions are all about — improving economics, and in this case, for Alaska.

—Ketchikan Daily News, June 1, 2018

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