Hearing: Chinese Seafood: Safety and Trade Issues

April 24-25, 2008

Pan American Conference and Media Center
Orleans Room – 11th Floor – Pan American Building
601 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Hearing co-Chairs: Vice Chairman Carolyn Bartholomew and Commissioner Daniel Slane


Thursday, April 24, 2008


  • Opening Statement of Vice Chairman Carolyn Bartholomew [Remarks]
  • Opening Statement of Commissioner Daniel Slane [Remarks]

Health and Safety Issues Concerning Imported Chinese Seafood

Panel I:  Government Perspectives on Health/Safety of Seafood Imported from China

  • Mr. Donald W. Kraemer, Deputy Director, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, Washington, DC [Testimony]
  • Mr. Spencer Garrett, Director, NOAA National Seafood Inspection Laboratory, Pascagoula, MS [Testimony]

Panel II:  Experts’ Perspectives on Health/Safety of Seafood Imported from China

Panel III:  Seafood Industry’s Perspectives on Health/Safety of Seafood Imported from China

Panel IV:   Public Comment Period – Open Microphone
                                    5 minutes per participant


Friday, April 25, 2008

Perspectives of Federal, State, and Local Elected Officials on Health/Safety and Economic Implications of Chinese Seafood Imports for the United States

Panel V:  Views and Plans of Government Officials

  • Mr. Harlon H. Pearce, Jr., Chairman, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, New Orleans, LA
  • Senator David Vitter, LA (R) 

Effects of Chinese Seafood Imports on the Louisiana and U.S. Economies

Panel VI:  The Effects of China’s Competition, Pricing, and Delivery Capability on the U.S. Seafood Industry

  • Mr. Steven Minvielle, Crawfish Farmer and Member of Louisiana Crawfish Farmers Association, New Iberia, LA  [Testimony]
  • Mr. John Williams, President, Southern Shrimp Alliance, Tarpon Springs, FL [Testimony] (Williams Appendix)
  • Dr. Carole Engle, Director, Aquaculture Fisheries Center, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR [Testimony]

 Panel VII:  China’s Adherence to Multilateral and Bilateral Trade Agreements in Supplying Seafood to the U.S. Market. Case Study. 

  • Dr. Walter Keithly, Professor, Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA [Testimony]
  • Mr. Schuyler Porche, Doctoral Student, Louisiana State University, Dept. of Political Science, Baton Rouge, LA [Testimony]