U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) expressed concerns to U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans regarding low shrimp prices. In a letter to Secretary Evans, Senator Shelby asked the Commerce Department to investigate whether foreign shrimp is being imported and sold on the domestic market in a manner that violates U.S. trade laws.
"Shrimp prices in Alabama have fallen to levels not seen for many years." said Shelby. "It is my hope that Secretary Evans will take a good look at this situation and will determine whether violations of our trade laws have led to the low prices we are now seeing."
A copy of Senator Shelby's letter is attached:
Secretary Donald Evans
Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230
Dear Secretary Evans,
I am writing to express my concern regarding the extremely low price of shrimp and to ask for your immediate assistance in investigating the possible causes. In recent weeks, I have been contacted by many constituents in Bayou La Batre, Alabama regarding the low price of shrimp. These low prices have had a detrimental effect on Bayou La Batre's citizens and economy as a large segment of the town's population is employed in the shrimping industry.
My constituent's feel that unfairly priced imported shrimp have caused domestic prices to plummet to levels not seen since the 1970s. I therefore ask that your department promptly investigate whether there is evidence that foreign shrimp is being imported and sold on the domestic market in a manner that violates our trade laws.
I thank you in advance for your immediate attention to this issue that is important both to me and my constituents employed in the shrimping industry in south Alabama.