In retaliation for an American trade measure that benefits Louisiana's crawfish farmers, Canada Friday said it would slap a 15 percent surtax on American oysters.
Mike Voisin, chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force, estimated that between three percent and seven percent of the Gulf of Mexico's oyster harvest goes to Canada. He added that East Coast oyster growers would be hurt the most because they are much closer to the Canadian market.
Besides oysters, the Canadian government will impose the 15 percent surtax on cigarettes and live swine from the United States. The European Union said it would impose similar duties on some American products. The European Union had threatened to place duties on American seafood, including oysters, but opted not to.