World Day Against Child Labor Includes Shrimp

The U.S. government, other governments, and human rights organizations have all documented labor abuses in the shrimp supply chain in several countries. On June 12, the Southern Shrimp Alliance is promoting resources to help shrimp purchasers avoid sourcing from supply chains that use forced labor, child labor, and forced child labor as part of World Day Against Child Labor. Resources […]

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June 5: Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

International efforts to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. These prohibited practices evade environmental, food safety, labor, and trade laws. The Southern Shrimp Alliance is participating in the “International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing,” a United Nations-sanctioned day to highlight efforts taking place globally, regionally, and nationally […]

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New Online Tools Address Slavery in Shrimp Supply Chain

“Check Your Supplier” feature of SSA’s website provides government and third-party resources to identify risks of forced labor or banned antibiotics in shrimp production The American commercial shrimp industry is heavily regulated. Federal, state, and local governments set out rules and regulations regarding how, when, and where commercial shrimpers work. They require fishermen to document their activities. They require safeguards be adopted […]

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SSA Submits Comments to CBP Encouraging Increased Enforcement Measures

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a “21st Century Customs Framework” initiative, intended to give the public an opportunity to comment on the direction and future priorities of the agency.  At a public hearing held regarding the initiative in Washington, DC on March 1, 2019, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) emphasized the importance of the initiative, as well as the […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Issues Withhold Release Order Barring Imports from Fishing Vessel

In the context of the $6.5 billion worth of shrimp imported into the United States from all over the world in 2017, the $4.6 million in shrimp we imported from Myanmar (Burma) that year was just a small drop in a huge ocean. But $4.6 million worth of shrimp is still a lot of shrimp. And it was a substantial jump up […]

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Ranking Member Grijalva Requests GAO to Assess Federal Government Response to Slavery in Seafood Trade; Leads Joint Letter to Cabinet Officials Requesting Action

Today, the Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that the agency review U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) enforcement of Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 to combat illicit labor practices related to the seafood supply chain. Section 307, 19 U.S.C. […]

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In Dismissal of Slavery Case, the Limitations on Accountability for Vertically-Integrated Seafood Supply Chains Become Clear

Shortly before Christmas, a federal judge in the Central District of California, Judge John F. Walter, dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by seven Cambodian nationals seeking compensation for their treatment as workers in two Thai seafood processing plants. Through three separate orders issued on December 21st, Judge Walter dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims against the Thai seafood processing plant S.S. Frozen Food […]

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Federal Court Rejects National Fisheries Institute’s Challenge to Seafood Import Monitoring Program

“In the end, the Rule weathers the storm of Plaintiffs’ various challenges.”    This (ill-timed) metaphor concludes the decision issued on Monday by the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia rejecting the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) efforts to invalidate the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).   In reality, as discussed extensively in the Court’s 67-page opinion, there wasn’t […]

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Solid Senate Support for Combatting Illegal Shrimp Imports

A bipartisan group of eleven powerful U.S. Senators has gone to bat in a big way for the domestic shrimp industry and U.S. shrimp consumers and against illegal shrimp imports by expressing their support for the full implementation of the new U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. Their support was expressed in an April 27, 2017, letter to Department of Commerce […]

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Why is a Seafood Traceability Program So Important to the US Shrimp Industry ?

Why is a Seafood Traceability Program So Important to the US Shrimp Industry ?   SSA Washington DC Consultant Glenn Delaney, accompanied by SSA Executive Director John Williams and SSA Attorney Nathan Rickard, recently presented the following statement to the White House Office of Management and Budget regarding the critical importance of the implementation of a secure seafood traceability program […]

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