China To Lift Ban On West Coast Shellfish – Earthfix

Finally ended, not sure what the true story on this is. Canada has made out like bandits due during this time, due to the fact that they were not included in the ban. Many say it was a political retribution from China, but no one knows for sure.  

http://earthfix.kuow.org/flora-and-fauna/article/china-lifts-ban-on-us-shellfish/

China will lift its ban on imports of geoduck clams and other shellfish from the West Coast, according to a statement from Washington Congressman Derek Kilmer… Chinese officials sent a letter Friday to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration advising the federal agency the ban would be lifted. The letter stated Chinese officials were satisfied with NOAA’s proposed plans for new monitoring and testing requirements for paralytic shellfish poisoning and inorganic arsenic, which would meet China’s food safety requirements. Tony Schick reports. (EarthFix)

China Wants Better Testing For Arsenic In US Shellfish Exports – Earthfix

For the first time, U.S. officials reported on recent meetings in Beijing to discuss China’s ban on shellfish imports from most of the West Coast. Ashley Ahern reports for Earthfix.

Listen or read the whole story at:

http://nwpr.org/post/china-wants-better-testing-arsenic-us-shellfish-exports

Geoducks test OK, but what’s behind Chinese ban? – Puget Sound Blogs

Chris Dunagan explores the Chinese geoduck ban. Very good read on this issue. This gives the overview on what else besides actual supposed high levels of arsenic might be at play here, and some thoughts from university and government officials.

Now it is up to Chinese officials to decide upon shellfish imports to their country, as uncomfortable as that may be for U.S exporters. I’ve begun to learn about international trade policies to better understand the confusing actions of Chinese health authorities. Chris Dunagan blogs on the intricacies of international trade warfare.

 http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2014/01/09/geoducks-test-ok-but-whats-behind-chinese-ban/#axzz2pySpSefh

China Ban On West Coast Shellfish Hits Tribal Divers – Earthfix

As we reported when this first broke, it is really hard on the Tribes.

The crushing economic impacts of China’s move are hitting tribal fisherman in Puget Sound hard for the holidays.

http://www.earthfix.info/flora-and-fauna/article/four-weeks-in-locals-feel-the-pain-of-chinas-shell/?utm_source=EarthFix+Weekly&utm_campaign=c47608f4f7-EarthFix_Weekly_Jan_08_2014001_08_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_693d42e2f5-c47608f4f7-46872029

China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban – KCTS9

Huge news just in…this seriously effects many jobs and businesses, both tribal and non tribal, on the Olympic Peninsula.  

China has suspended imports of shellfish from the west coast of the United States — an unprecedented move that cuts off a $270 million Northwest industry from its biggest export market. China said it decided to impose the ban after recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters were found by its own government inspectors to have high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. The restriction took effect last week and China’s government says it will continue indefinitely. It applies to clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested from the waters of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California. U.S. officials think the contaminated clams were harvested in Washington or Alaska. Right now they’re waiting to hear back from Chinese officials for more details that will help them identify the exact source. Katie Campbell, Ashley Ahearn and Tony Schick report.

http://earthfix.kcts9.org/flora-and-fauna/article/china-imposes-first-ever-ban-on-nw-shellfish/

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