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Arkansas catfish farmers fear tariff change to foreign fish

The proposed reduction is 94% less than what the import tax is now. The move is the latest turn of a catfish war dating back to just before the turn of the century.

Brad Graham became a first-generation catfish farmer in 1997 when he says business was growing, but not long after imports of Vietnamese frozen fish started eating market share, shrinking or closing farms similar to Graham’s Cat Pro LLC.

“We went from a 600 plus million industry to a 300 million pound industry. All of that happened when the imports came in,” Graham explained.

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