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NEWS RELEASE 01-131; November 2, 2001 November 2, 2001
News Release 01-131

DECLINING RESOURCE ABUNDANCE PLAGUES FISH INDUSTRY, REPORTS ITC

Lingering effects of past overfishing and other problems caused the U.S. fish harvest to fall by 8 percent in quantity and 19 percent in value during the late 1990s, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Industry and Trade Summary: Fresh or Frozen Fish.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding agency, recently released the report as part of an ongoing series of reports on thousands of products imported into and exported from the United States. The report addresses market, industry, and trade conditions for fresh or frozen fish for the period 1995-99. Following are highlights of the report.

The foregoing information is from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Fresh or Frozen Fish (USITC Publication 3463, October 2001).

ITC Industry and Trade Summary reports include information on product uses, U.S. and foreign producers, and customs treatment of the products being studied; they analyze the basic factors affecting trends in consumption, production, and trade of the commodities, as well as factors bearing on competitiveness of the U.S. industry in domestic and foreign markets.

This report will be available on the ITC Internet web site at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy may be ordered by calling 202-205-1809, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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