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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Giving Texas Agriculture a Voice on Capitol Hill

By Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller 2015 has been a great year for Texas agriculture. Our state was blessed with beneficial rainfall. Farmers have experienced bountiful harvests, and we’re seeing our ranchers start to rebuild their herds after the devastating drought our state experienced. Any farmer or rancher will tell you to count your blessings but keep your eye on […]

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Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves

This weekend, a gut-wrenching article by Associated Press journalists tied slave labor in Thai shrimp processing plants to shrimp products available in large grocery chains and restaurants throughout the United States. The article is part of a series focused on force labor in the Thai seafood industry. Read the full story at: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8f64fb25931242a985bc30e3f5a9a0b2/ap-global-supermarkets-selling-shrimp-peeled-slaves

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Hails House Vote on Customs Enforcement

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 256 to 158 to agree to the Conference Report resolving differences between the Senate and House versions of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  The vote moves a bill substantially improving trade enforcement measures into the final stages of becoming law, with the Senate expected to take up the […]

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NGO Identifies Failures by Thai Government to Meaningfully Address Slave Labor in Thai Fishing Industry; Demonstrates the Need for Legislation Implementing the Port State Measures Agreement

Earlier this week, the Environmental Justice Foundation (“EJF”) published a briefing paper (“Broken Promises:  Why Thailand should stay on Tier 3 in the 2015 US Trafficking in Persons report”) identifying numerous shortcomings in the government of Thailand’s response to documented labor abuse in the Thai fishing industry.  Specifically, the briefing paper documented additional incidents of forced labor on Thai fishing […]

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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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Commentary: Criminal Defamation Case Against Prominent Labor Activist Starts in Thailand

This week in Thailand, the civil and criminal lawsuits brought by the Natural Fruit Co. Ltd., one of the country’s largest pineapple processors, against Andy Hall began.  These lawsuits carry the threat of both substantial time in prison and massive financial damages for the long-time advocate of humane treatment and acceptable working conditions for migrant laborers in Thailand.   Over […]

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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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