Seafood

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 coutnries 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


Latest

  • 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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  • Vitter Named “Conservationist of the Year”

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today was named the “Conservationist of the Year” by the Center for Coastal Conservation (CCC). CCC noted Vitter’s efforts on fighting for sound science for marine fisheries, his Billfish Conservation Act and Rigs to Reefs.

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  • Vitter Remarks on BP Oil Spill Two Year Anniversary

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter spoke on the U.S. Senate floor this week regarding the two year anniversary of the BP oil spill. On April 20, 2010 the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon caused the loss of life, economic devastation, and environmental damage.

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