Coast Guard Issues New Strategy for Alternate Safety Compliance Program

Today the Coast Guard issued a new Marine Safety Information Bulletin substantially revising their plans for future development and implementation of the Alternate Safety Compliance Program for older commercial fishing vessels. Please click the following link to view the Marine Safety Information Bulletin:¬†http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Marine-Safety-Information-Bulletin-011_16-13-July-16-ASCP-Update-.pdf SSA strongly encourages all owners/operators of commercial shrimp fishing vessels greater than 50 ft LOA built prior […]

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Coast Guard Bill Passes- Important Progress Made for US Shrimp Fleet

With the passage by the House of Representatives of a Senate amendment this week, Congress has now competed its action on the 2015 Coast Guard authorization bill HR 4188. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law (enacted). Link to Bill Text: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr4188eas/pdf/BILLS-114hr4188eas.pdf This bill is the product of extensive and intensive negotiations within […]

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Annual Board Meeting 2015 Update

Several proposed regulations and legal decisions to be made in 2016 threaten to harm U.S. shrimp fishermen and processors. The impacts range from added expenses to meet new safety regulations, to time/area closures, to revocation of the antidumping duty orders. The Southern Shrimp Alliance’s Board of Directors met in Tampa, Florida on November 6th and 7th to discuss these issues […]

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Making Progress on Relief for Shrimp Vessels

Today the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee adopted two of the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s legislative priorities–   1) Repeal of the current statutory requirement for any newly built commercial fishing vessel greater than 50 ft. LOA operating beyond 3 nm to be designed, constructed and maintained according to the standards of a classification society, and to be certified […]

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Development of Commercial Fishing Vessel Alternate Safety Compliance Programs

Please see the link below regarding the Alternate Safety Compliance Program by Fred Mattera who is a member of the commercial fishing vessel safety advisory committee: http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Scan0231.pdf

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