JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Lawmakers from catfish-producing states are calling on the Commerce Department to do more to stop a flood of imported fish products.
Senators from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi signed a letter to acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, urging her to enforce an antidumping order against frozen fillets from Vietnam.
The senators say the Commerce Department's inaction has resulted in a surge in the volume of low-priced imports that compete with catfish. They say American companies deserve a level playing field.
The letter says Vietnamese imports have tripled since 2008 and now account for more than 75 percent of the U.S. market.