Louisiana is world renown for our seafood.  Seafood producers are vital to our way of life and our economy, so ensuring our seafood industries remain viable means that jobs and Louisiana's culture can be maintained.

I am actively working on several important issues to benefit Louisiana fishermen and seafood producers, including:

Requiring seafood imports from foreign countries to comply with the same safety standards domestic seafood producers have to follow. 

Stopping "port shopping" by seafood importers attempting to avoid safety tests or bring in seafood rejected as unsafe at another port.

Enforcing our trade laws to stop illegal dumping of seafood products and to collect billions of dollars in unpaid duties on seafood products from China and other countries.

Supporting marketing programs that help promote sales of Louisiana seafood.

U.S. Senate Committe on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


  • Vitter: NOAA “Strategy” Will Shut Down Louisiana Seafood Businesses

    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) made the following statement regarding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) announcement of a new five-year strategy surrounding the nation’s fisheries that is expected to increase the regulatory burdens for domestic seafood producers in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Vitter Stands Up for Louisiana Seafood Industries Against Unfair Trade Practices

    (Metairie, La.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today sent a letter to Theodore G. Osius III, nominee to be ambassador to Vietnam, addressing issues of concern to Louisiana’s seafood industries. In particular, Vitter is concerned about the safety of seafood from Vietnam and the illegal trade practice of seafood dumping which negatively affects the market value of Louisiana seafood. Vitter is holding the nomination until these issues are resolved.

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  • Vitter: Effort to Update Decades-Old Fishery Levels Progresses

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) made the following statement regarding the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s (FMC) meeting today to debate and modify their allocations for red snapper quota. The allocation between commercial and recreational fishing sectors has not been updated since 1990.

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  • Vitter Pushing for RESTORE, RAMP Act in Final Highway Bill

    Click here to watch a video of Sen. Vitter’s remarks.

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today gave his opening remarks at the inaugural meeting of the conference committee tasked with finalizing the Highway Bill between the U.S. House and Senate. Vitter stated that he’ll work to make sure the RESTORE Act and the Realize America’s Maritime Promise (RAMP) Act will be included in the final version of the bill.

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  • Vitter’s View: Let Family Farmers Farm

    As a father of four, teaching our children the satisfaction of good old hard work is tough sometimes, especially with the constant barrage of technology making our daily lives easier. Chores, summer jobs, or after school jobs still help keep our next generation grounded and teach them a strong work ethic.

    For many Louisianians, chores and jobs happen to be done on family farms. But recently, these hard working family farmers are under attack by the federal government. The U.S. Department of Labor recently proposed a new farm labor policy that would have prohibited youth from doing a number of farming activities. The federal government was planning to put normal everyday farm activities like handling livestock, milking cows or operating farm equipment completely off limits for children.

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