National Fisherman

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The International Trade Commission has turned down a request from the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries to place higher tariffs on imported shrimp from several foreign countries. This could be considered a major setback for the Gulf shrimping industry.
American shrimpers have claimed for years that the foreign shrimp are being dumped here for less than the actual cost, undercutting U.S. harvested shrimp.
At Golden Gulf Packing Company, gulf shrimp roll down the racks. The vote by the International Trade Commission may mean these machines will be silenced one day. 
Richard Gollott who heads up the operation said, "I think eventually, maybe not right away quickly, but eventually this could be the demise of the shrimp industry. We've told the international trade commission that, that it meant jobs, American jobs," said Richard Gollott who heads up the operation."
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