Fish Sticks & Fillet Of Fish Sandwiches Supplies In Jeopardy
There is a customs dispute between the United States and Canada that is putting America's supply of fish sticks and fish sandwiches in jeopardy.
Who doesn't love a plate of fish sticks or a tasty fillet of fish sandwich? I have been eating them since I was a kid and still love them today as an adult.
I may have to pick up a few boxes for my freezer as this customs dispute is heating up on the U.S.\Canada border.
According to WOOD, the Alaska pollock are caught then sent through a difficult supply chain to get them to the lower 48. Fish are shipped to New Brunswick, Canada, near the border of Maine. Then are put on a train that only takes the fish 100 feet before they are loaded on to trucks to head to the U.S.
Seems like it would be easier and cheaper to ship the fish to the state of Washington and just skip Canada all together.
The technical dispute is over a shipping rule called the Jones Act, this requires goods shipped between the U.S. ports be transported on U.S. owned ships.
Canada shipping companies feel this rule is unfair and have sued to stop enforcement of the Jones Act.
26 million pounds of fish were put in storage in Canada until a federal court judge stepped in to get the fish shipped to the United States.
This hold up at the border is hurting working Americans as well as stopping or slow part of the U.S. food chain.
The fishing industry is still reeling from the pandemic and this new problem could cost people their jobs.
Again, seems like a simple fix, ship the fish from Alaska to the state of Washington and you won't have to deal with Canada at all.
If you love fish sticks, check out this clip from South Park: