Brine Shrimp Industry Criticizes New Tariffs

Brine Shrimp Industry Criticizes New Tariffs

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's brine shrimp producers are criticizing new tariffs passed yesterday by trade regulators.

The measure taxes six countries that flooded the U-S market with cheap regular shrimp. The problem is that 90 percent of the brine eggs skimmed off the Great Salt Lake are used overseas to feed the farm-raised shrimp being shipped over.

The International Trade Commission imposed the tariffs on China, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Brazil and Ecuador -- which combined produce 75 percent of the shrimp eaten in the U-S.

The brine shrimp industry was already suffering, and says this is just another blow.

But some say Utah's producers were benefiting from unfair trade practices, because the cheap foreign shrimp fed by Beehive brine have cost America's edible shrimp producers millions.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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