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Knowles asks feds to review Chilean salmon dumping

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is asking the International Trade Administration to widen a review of Chilean farm-raised salmon exports, which he said is responsible for depressing prices paid to Alaska fishermen.

Knowles sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans on Thursday asking that the ITA review look at recent practices by key Chilean exporters.

The domestic salmon industry submitted information to the ITA that shows Chilean exporters have been dumping salmon on the open market at below-cost prices since June 2001, Knowles said. Knowles asked Evans to include that data in an ITA analysis now under way on export practices.

''I am confident that the post-June 2001 evidence will demonstrate substantial dumping by these exporters,'' Knowles said.

An oversupply of farm-raised salmon from other countries has forced 4,500 Alaska fishermen to leave the industry in recent years, Knowles said. The governor recently declared an economic disaster in western Alaska because of low salmon prices.

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