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Rep. Boustany Shepherds PROTECT Act into Ways & Means Bill, Furthers Efforts to Help Shrimpers

For Immediate Release Contact: Deborah Long, 804.360.0074 Tarpon Springs, Florida—Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced today the Customs Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2012 (H.R. 6642) to improve three vital aspects of the Customs and Border Protection mission: modernization, streamlining/facilitation, and enforcement. The Southern Shrimp Alliance commends the efforts and leadership of Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA) […]

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PROTECT ACT

Thanks to the efforts and leadership of Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA), SSA achieved a major legislative milestone on behalf of US shrimpers in its efforts to combat illegal shrimp imports and the fraudulent circumvention of antidumping duties by importers of foreign shrimp. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) announced that […]

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Boustany and Richmond Team to PROTECT Gulf Coast Producers

A joint press release issued by the offices of Representative Boustany and Representative Richmond regarding the PROTECT Act: Washington, DC – Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D. (R-South Louisiana), released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5078, the Preventing Recurring Trade Evasion and Circumvention Act, or “PROTECT Act,” with Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-New Orleans). This legislation seeks to increase communication […]

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Louisiana Congressmen Tackle Illegal Circumvention of Trade Laws, Help Commercial Fishermen

Tarpon Springs, FL—The Southern Shrimp Alliance commends the leadership of Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) in combating the illegal importation of shrimp through the introduction of H.R. 5708, the “Preventing Recurring Trade Evasion and Circumvention Act” or the “PROTECT Act.” By preventing circumvention of U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties, the bill would benefit thousands of small, […]

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SSA Welcomes Enforcement of Turtle Excluder Device Laws

Today, NOAA’s Office of General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation assessed civil penalties to the owners and operators of eighteen shrimp trawlers for allegedly altering or not having turtle excluder devices (TEDs) on their vessels. The Southern Shrimp Alliance applauds the enforcement of laws designed to protect sea turtles. “Deliberately altering or refusing to use TEDs is completely unacceptable behavior. […]

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Press Release on NOAA’s Denial of ENGO Petitions

Contact: Deborah Long,  804.360.0074   NOAA Denies Petitions to Restrict Shrimping Due to Unexplained Sea Turtle Deaths   Tarpon Springs, FL—The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has denied three separate petitions that would have immediately shutdown the U.S. shrimp industry due to a large number of unexplained sea turtle deaths in the Gulf of Mexico.  The rationale provided by NMFS […]

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Shrimpers Address Turtle Excluder Device Compliance Problem

Tarpon Springs, FL– The Southern Shrimp Alliance, a trade association representing the U.S. shrimp fishery, launched a campaign this week directed at restoring full industry compliance with crucial laws regarding the use of turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in fishing nets.  The goal of the campaign, directed at shrimp fishermen throughout the Gulf and South Atlantic region, is to restore TED […]

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Foreign Shrimp Exporter Adopts Coding System to Prevent Seafood Fraud

Tarpon Springs, FL—Federal government investigations confirm that millions of dollars of falsely labeled shrimp are imported into the United States every year, an illegal activity that allows unprincipled companies to avoid U.S. food safety and trade laws. The Southern Shrimp Alliance and Devi Sea Foods Limited (Devi), an Indian exporter of shrimp, jointly developed a coding system that will prevent […]

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SSA Praises Federal Agencies for Reconsideration of Proposed Turtle Rule

Tarpon Springs, FL—The Southern Shrimp Alliance praised the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their decision to extend by six months the date for a final decision on whether to list nine distinct population segments (DPS) of loggerhead sea turtles as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In their March 17 announcement, […]

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