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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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In this report, we provide a broad overview of the processing sector in the Mid-Atlantic region, which we defined as those firms engaged in processing and conducting business in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Delaware also is in the region, but the data on processing activities in Delaware were inadequate, and thus, processing activities in Delaware were not included in this study. The objective of this study was to obtain information about processing labor dependency on fisheries subject to federal fishery management plans (FMPs); assess how changes in fishery regulations might affect labor; determine product levels and sources of raw materials required for processing fish and shellfish products; assess the distribution of sales by geographic region and market level; determine the level of employment and types of jobs in processing; assess the distribution of labor by gender, job or occupation, race, and national origin; determine the dependency of processing plants on H2B workers; assess how other types of regulations (e.g., land-use policies, environmental, and OSHA) may have affected processing activities; and assess the potential future plans of processors.


Seafood industry -- Middle Atlantic States -- Employees, Seafood industry -- Law and legislation -- Middle Atlantic State

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