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UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION • Office of the Secretary • Washington, D.C. 20436

CONTACT:

FOR RELEASE
September 27, 1978

Kenneth R. Mason

(202) 523-0161

USITC 78-119

USITC FINDS NO INJURY ON IMPORTS OF FISH FROM CANADA

The United States International Trade Commission today

notified the Secretary of the Treasury that an industry in the

United States is not being injured by reason of the importation

of certain fish from Canada, upon which the Treasury Department has

determined a bounty or grant is being paid.

Five Commissioners--Chairman Joseph 0. Parker, Vice Chairman

Bill Alberger, and Commissioners George M. Moore, Catherine Bedell,

and Italo H. Ablondi--made the unanimous determination.

Commis

sioner Daniel Minchew did not participate.

This is the Commission's third investigation under the U.S. countervailing duty law (sec. 303 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as

amended), which provides for Commission investigations with re

spect to duty-free articles.

On June 27, 1978, the Commission received advice from the

Secretary of the Treasury that a bounty or grant is being paid

by the Government of Canada on certain fish exported to the United States.

The investigation resulted from a petition which was filed with

the Treasury Department on June 10, 1977, by the Fishermen's

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Marketing Association of Washington, Inc., Seattle, and supported by the point Judith Fishermen's Cooperative of Narragansett, Rhode Island. The Commission's investigation was instituted on July 13,

1978, and a public hearing in connection with the investigation

was held on August 15, 1978, in Washington, D.C.

The fish and fish products covered by the investigation.consist

of certain groundfish and groundfish products.

The term "groundfish"

includes cod, cusk, haddock, hake, flounder, sole, dabs, and fluke.

Flounder, sole, dabs, and fluke are also known as flatfish.

In the

aggregate, the subject imports accounted for 17 percent of total

U.S. imports of all groundfish and groundfish products and about 14 percent of total U.S. consumption of such articles in 1977.

Groundfish and groundfish products accounted for about 30 percent

of all the fish and fish products consumed in the United States

last year.

An estimated 700 New England and 300 west coast fishing

vessels land groundfish in the United States.

U.S. production of

groundfish and groundfish products increased from 147 million

pounds fillet weight in 1975 to 174 million pounds in 1977.

Dur

ing January-June 1978, production amounted to 96 million pounds, 8 percent above production in January-June 1977, when 89 million

pounds were landed.

U.S. imports for consumption of all groundfish and groundfish

products increased from 652 million pounds fillet weight in 1975

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