President Donald Trump is calling for an “end to catfishing in North Carolinas,” calling it an “unbelievable abuse of our wild animals.”
“The catfish industry has no place in our states.
It should be banned completely,” Trump tweeted Friday.”
The fishing industry is hurting people’s lives, livelihoods and livelihoods of our country’s fishermen and fishers,” he said.
The president’s tweets come amid a federal investigation into catfish-related deaths and deaths related to illegal fishing, which has prompted a ban on all Atlantic salmon fishing in the state.
The White House announced Friday that the Department of Justice would lead an investigation into the deaths of three catfish fishermen in the past two years in the coastal city of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The fish are a prized catch that can fetch $1,200 per pound, but are also a valuable source of food for thousands of Atlantic salmon farmers.
The fish have also become a symbol of Atlantic fishing, drawing thousands of people to the area for fishing.
President Donald Trump has called for an End to CatfishingIn a statement Friday, Trump said the federal investigation “must end immediately.”
“This industry needs to be brought under strict regulation, and there is no place for this type of activity in our country,” he added.
“I have instructed the Attorney General to launch an investigation to bring to light the facts and the cause of these deaths.”