Southern Shrimp Alliance Highlights Concerns Regarding the Role of Antibiotic Use in Shrimp Aquaculture in the Development and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance

The Fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TFAMR) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission will take place in Jeju, Korea from November 27, 2017 until December 1, 2017.  At this session, international delegates will discuss two documents that Codex will consider adopting to address concerns regarding the development and spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens […]

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NOAA’s Fisheries of the United States 2016 Highlights Massive Seafood Trade Deficits

The Office of Science and Technology of the National Marine Fisheries Service recently issued the Fisheries of the United States report for 2016.   The report indicates that although the volume of shrimp landed in the Gulf of Mexico fell by 4.1% in 2016, compared to 2015, the overall value of that catch increased by 9.1%.  Those trends mean that […]

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GAO Report Asks Why FDA Won’t Ask Foreign Suppliers to Do More to Stop Shipments of Contaminated Seafood

Over the last several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has significantly increased the agency’s testing of imported shrimp for banned antibiotics.  According to data released by the FDA to the Southern Shrimp Alliance in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the number of tests conducted by the agency has increased tenfold since the beginning of […]

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First Case of EMS Confirmed in the United States

In April 2013, the Southern Shrimp Alliance sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), expressing three concerns:  (1) Are there any known human health implications for the consumption of shrimp contaminated with the microbe that causes early mortality syndrome (EMS)?; (2) What is known […]

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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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Senate Shrimp Supporters Move to Protect U.S. Shrimpers from Illegal Imports

SSA thanks and congratulates Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), powerful Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for once again championing the best interests of the domestic shrimp industry by including a provision in his FY 2018 Appropriations bill to ensure that the federal Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) will cover all shrimp imports.   This provision was also shepherded by the Appropriations […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Strongly Supports Executive Order on Duty Collection

This morning the President issued an Executive Order calling upon U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to improve the collection of duties assessed on imports of merchandise into the United States. CBP has previously reported that it has been unable to collect over $2 billion in assessed antidumping duties. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported that these uncollected […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Applauds the U.S. Trade Representative’s WTO Challenge to Chinese Export Subsidies

In a press release issued today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the U.S. government is pursuing dispute settlement consultations with the Chinese government at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to address China’s “Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform.”   The USTR’s investigation into the “Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform” program indicates that certain companies participating as Demonstration […]

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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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Senator Landrieu’s Enforcement Efforts Huge Boost to Shrimp Industry

Last week, the Senate Committee on Appropriations submitted a report regarding the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, 2015 (S. 2534) emphasizing the importance of trade law enforcement.   The report:   Directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to dedicate $3 million to develop an automated system for the administration and oversight of Single Transaction Bonds (STBs); Instructs CBP […]

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