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Government Spending Bill Includes New Funds for FDA Seafood Inspections

Last night Congress passed a funding bill that provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with significant additional resources to address contaminated seafood products that are introduced to the U.S. market. The new FDA funding, championed by Senator Kennedy (LA) and co-sponsored by Senator Cassidy (LA), increases by twenty-six percent the resources the FDA must spend to inspect imported seafood at the […]

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For the Second Month in a Row, Record Low Shrimp Landings in the Gulf of Mexico

After a significant delay in data release caused by the lack of authorized funding for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Fishery Monitoring Branch of NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center today released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for November 2018. After setting an historic low with just 10.4 […]

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FDA Cracks Down on Indian Shrimp to Begin 2019

In 2017 and 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused a total of twenty-seven (27) entry lines of Indian shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. For these two years, Indian shrimp accounted for one out of every five entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics (27 out of 108). Yet, shrimp sourced from India accounts for more […]

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It’s Official: Shrimp Is Under SIMP

As of today, shrimp imports are now officially covered by the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) in accordance with the final rule published in the Federal Register by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on April 24, 2018.  https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-24/pdf/2018-08553.pdf   “We are one important step closer to protecting millions of U.S. shrimp consumers, our U.S. shrimp fishery, and […]

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Update: Shrimp Under SIMP Is Now The Law

The House and Senate have passed and the President has now signed into law the FY 18 Omnibus Appropriations bill. As the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) reported yesterday, this legislation includes provisions that will expand the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) to cover imported shrimp; our Nation’s largest seafood http://www.shrimpalliance.com/u-s-congress-acts-place-imported-shrimp-seafood-import-monitoring-program/ The program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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U.S. Congress Acts to Place Imported Shrimp Under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) is extremely pleased to report that the final Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus appropriations bill includes a long sought-after provision that will once and for all put imported shrimp under the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). Shrimp is the largest U.S. seafood import, with over $6 billion in shrimp products imported in 2017.   The SIMP […]

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Historic Lows for Shrimp Catch Continue in 2018

NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Data Management division has now released information regarding shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico for the first month of 2018. Last month, more than 1.9 million pounds of shrimp was landed in the Gulf of Mexico. This total is less than half the prior sixteen-year historic average for January (4.1 million pounds) and is, by far, […]

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Reminder: F/V Drill Conductor Workshop: Saturday, March 10th in Brunswick, GA

Hi everyone.   As a reminder, we are hosting a F/V Drill Conductor Workshop at our Brunswick Station on Saturday, March 10th. Please share with anyone who needs the training. Attached are the details if you need more information. http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Brunswick-GA-DC-Mar-10.pdf Remember, the training is free to commercial fishermen, but space is limited and you must register through AMSEA. Thank you. […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Databases Documenting Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Import Rejections in the European Union, Japan, and the United States

The Southern Shrimp Alliance has compiled databases for all shrimp products refused entry by enforcement agencies in the United States, European Union, and Japan due to the presence of banned antibiotics and other antimicrobials. The databases are of information obtained directly from the enforcement agencies’ public disclosures. Users can sort and search the databases, which are compiled in Excel format. The data […]

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2018 Begins With Bangladeshi Shrimp Refused Entry for Banned Antibiotics and Indian Shrimp Refused Entry for Salmonella

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made public information regarding import refusals for the first month of 2018. In January, the FDA reported that 5 out of the 116 (4.3%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Last month was the highest number of entry line refusals of shrimp for banned antibiotics […]

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