Fraud Enforcement Related Topics

National Ocean Council Committee Designates Shrimp as an “At-Risk” Species

On Friday, the Federal Register published Notice of the National Ocean Council (NOC) Committee’s finalized principles for determining seafood species at risk of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and seafood fraud, as well as a list of “at-risk” species developed using these principles. Both the list of principles and the list of species are intended to inform the development […]

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North Carolina Company Sentenced for Mislabeling Imported, Farm-Raised Shrimp as Wild-Caught Domestic Shrimp

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice (Justice Department) announced that Alphin Brothers Inc., a North Carolina-based seafood processor and wholesale distributor, was sentenced in federal court for falsely labeling imported shrimp. As part of a plea agreement reach on February 10, 2015, the company pleaded guilty to one felony count of making or submitting false records in violation of the […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Requests that National Ocean Council Committee Designate Shrimp an “At Risk” Species

Yesterday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted formal comments to the National Ocean Council (NOC) Committee regarding “principles” to be used in determining which seafood species are “at risk” for Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and seafood fraud.  In those comments, the Southern Shrimp Alliance observed that the “possible principles” identified in the request for comments published in the Federal […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments Supporting the Recommendations Proposed by the President’s Task Force on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

In December, the President’s Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud issued fifteen (15) recommendations “for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need.” The Task Force invited the public to provide comments regarding the proposed recommendations.  In response to this […]

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IUU Seafood Fraud Task Force

SSA Submits Recommendations to President’s Task Force on Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing On June 17, 2014, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum entitled ”Establishing a Comprehensive Framework to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud.” Among other actions, the Memorandum established a Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud (Task […]

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LOUISIANA Town Hall Meetings in 2014

The Southern Shrimp Alliance is holding town hall meetings in LOUISIANA.   Executive Director John Williams will present for SSA. A Question & Answer period will follow the presentation.  SCHEDULE:   1) Abbeville Meeting 10:00 AM, Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at Woodmen of The World 319 W. Woodman Rd, Abbeville, LA 70510   2) Houma Meeting 4:00 PM, Wednesday, Feb […]

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Commerce Reverses Past Determination in Response to Fraud

Today, the Federal Register published yet another Commerce redetermination of a past administrative proceeding related to Ocean Duke and its affiliated Chinese shrimp supplier.  The Notice published today is the final results of the reconsideration of a changed circumstances review requested by Ocean Duke in 2007 that resulted in Hilltop International being recognized as Yelin Enterprise Co. Hong Kong’s successor-in-interest […]

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Seafood Broker Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Antidumping Duty Evasion Scheme

Yesterday, Mr. Jun Yang, who operated and controlled National Commodities Company, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for illegally brokering sales of hundreds of container loads of Chinese honey, falsely labeled as Indian or Malaysian honey, to avoid the payment of antidumping duties.  Mr. Yang was one of several defendants charged in a broad criminal investigation of evasion […]

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SSA ENDORSES NEW LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SEAFOOD FRAUD AND IMPROVE SAFETY

In a March 7, 2013, letter to Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA), SSA indicated its strong support for legislation that would substantially strengthen the capabilities of Federal and State governments to combat fraudulent labeling and the illegal use of banned antibiotics and pesticides in seafood imports.   http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Southern-Shrimp-Allianc1.pdf   Schemes to evade US seafood safety standards, labeling requirements and anti-dumping duties for […]

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Know Your Supplier: Bangladesh

In 2006, Bangladesh exported almost 43 million pounds of shrimp to the United States.  Ever since, the volume of shrimp exported from Bangladesh has fallen every year.  In 2011, we imported less than 10 million pounds of shrimp from Bangladesh and the latest numbers for this year show that volumes have fallen another 40% compared to 2011. Although there is […]

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