WLOX Editorial: Help our local shrimp industry

A recent ruling by the International Trade Commission could eventually run gulf coast shrimpers out of business. The Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries was turned down by the commission in its effort to put a higher tariff on shrimp imported from Vietnam, Ecuador, China, India and Malaysia.

American Shrimpers contend the foreign shrimp are being dumped on the U-S market for less than the actual cost. If that's true, we need the government to step in to protect the local businesses.

We understand that we live in a world economy and that competition in the world marketplace can mean better prices for American consumers. But we should all be on a level playing field. Fair is fair -we should not let foreign countries undercut the U.S. shrimp industry.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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