Vitter Successfully Stops Attacks on Louisiana Crawfish Industry

 
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December 7, 2016
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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator David Vitter announced that the outside organization attempting to place Louisiana’s most populous crawfish on the injurious wildlife list will withdraw its petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Today’s announcement follows Vitter’s efforts to ensure the petition would not shut down Louisiana’s crawfish industry.

“There was absolutely no merit to the outrageous efforts to damage Louisiana’s crawfish industry, which is exceedingly obvious now that the outside organization has agreed to remove the red swamp crawfish from its petition,” said Vitter. “It’s a relief to know that Louisiana crawfish will continue to be an important part of our state’s economy, cuisine, and family gatherings, and I’m already looking forward to my next boil.”

Last week, Vitter sent a letter to FWS Director Dan Ashe, urging the agency to reject the Center of Invasive Species Prevention (CISP) petition requesting the agency consider placing the red swamp crawfish on the injurious wildlife list, which would result in the arrest and prosecution of thousands of Louisiana business owners.