Promoting Fishing and U.S. Shipbuilding

Fishermen’s Finest

During the construction of a new state-of-the-art fishing vessel chartered by Fishermen’s Finest in Washington state, the shipbuilder found a portion of the hull was out of compliance with federal shipbuilding regulations. The error could potentially result in the closure of the shipyard and loss of the ship from the U.S. fleet, not to mention a huge financial burden on the fishing company that. Fishermen’s Finest turned to Banner to secure a waiver to continue building and ultimately allow for the ship to fish.

Resulting Big Moments

Secured language in law to provide a rare Jones Act waiver

Secured language in law to provide a rare Jones Act waiver for the fishing vessel America’s Finest, the first ever for a new build ship in the fishing fleet.  

Lead a two-year campaign highlighting the project’s significant advancements in fishing vessel operations and efficiency in the U.S. for Members of Congress and the administration. 

Navigated interest groups, competing state political interests, and administration hurdles resulting in a win.

The project has provided direct jobs for more than 375 employees for the last three years, and indirect jobs to approximately 1,200 additional workers in the region.

Opened fish exports to Asia

Overturned a USDA ruling by working with the US Trade Representative, opening fish exports to Asia.

Leveraged relationships with Members of Congress and the administration built during the legislative process to reauthorize the U.S. Coast Guard Act of 2018.

The USDA ruling allowed American’s Finest to access markets, which were otherwise closed, protecting U.S. jobs and opened trade opportunities.


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