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Bill targets Pacific Seafood

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Senate Bill 668, which aims to limit the number of fishing permits any one company can have, is directed solely at Clackamas-based Pacific Seafood Group.

The company’s lawyer said at a Senate committee hearing Monday that the bill unfairly targets a successful, family-owned Oregon company, one that has helped fishermen by developing new markets. But some fishermen charge that the company has created an illegal monopoly, holding down prices for Oregon’s fishing fleet.

Senate Bill 668 was introduced by Gold Beach Republican Wayne Krieger, a former Oregon State Police trooper who said the bill grew out of a frustration with Pacific Seafoods’ ability to use its power to hurt competition in fish prices.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

Learn more about Pacific Seafood Group in this Oregon Business profile.

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M. Vaughn
0 #1 M. Vaughn 2011-03-27 11:29:15
I worked in the retail/wholesal e end of seafood off and on for eighteen years. I often heard of tactics used by Pacific Seafood to control their market share. I believed them all. Well-known hearsay within the industry was that you did NOT cross PS or Dulcich, lest they would crush you.

Do I believe PS acts in monopolistic ways? Yes, and I have for years. When PS began buying every processor they could (and sometimes forcing the sale) it was obvious that they wanted to control markets. But we will have to wait to see if the courts agree.
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