The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 14, 2014

Cochran, Wicker promote US raised catfish

Associated Press

— JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are asking Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to uphold a decision reached last summer that determined U.S. catfish producers have been harmed by unfairly-priced frozen fish fillets from Vietnam.

The Commerce Department continues to review an ongoing antidumping action on fillet imports from Vietnam.

Cochran and Wicker and other senators from Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana expressed their concerns in a letter this week to Pritzker.

The senators say their states have an economic interest fair trade treatment for the U.S. farm-raised catfish industry, which is an important source of jobs.

Department of Agriculture statistics that indicate the market share maintained by U.S. catfish producers dropped from 80 percent to 20 percent since an antidumping case against Vietnam was filed.