The chief lobby for the nation's catfish industry has filed an anti-dumping petition seeking relief from a flood of cheaper fish from Vietnam. The petition was filed Friday with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Mississippi-based Catfish Farmers of America says prices are on the decline for U.S. raised catfish.
Congress in November barred importers, restaurants and grocery stores from labeling fish from Vietnam as catfish. The catfish group says the Vietnamese fish have captured as much as 20 percent of the frozen catfish filet market.
The catfish industry is vital to the South, especially states like Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.