URGENT NOTICE TO FEDERAL GULF OF MEXICO SHRIMP PERMIT HOLDERS

Federal regulations require all SPGM permit holders that have been selected to participate in the cellular Electronic Logbook (cELB) Program to pay the monthly cellular transmission costs to the service provider: Wyless Connect. This is mandatory and the program provides data that is essential for the Gulf Shrimp fishery to continue to operate under Federal statutes. If you fail to […]

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Update on Electronic Logbook Reimbursement

Attached is a copy of the “new” cELB reimbursement template. Please note that NMFS will reimburse permit holders up to $200 for installation costs associated with installing the logbook on their vessel. Reimbursements will be made even if the permit holders did the installation themselves as long as they submitted either a company invoice or they fill out the attached […]

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Electronic Logbook Reimbursement

Please see the NOAA reimbursement letter http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ReimbursementLetter.pdf  for the Gulf Shrimp Permit Holder for reimbursement for the cELB installation cost. Also attached is a generic invoice http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Reimbursement_template.pdf that can be used by selected permit holders to submit for the reimbursement. A subset of the 500 permit holders who established the data plan and properly deployed their units will receive the […]

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MAJOR BREAKTHROUGHS ON ELECTRONIC LOGBOOK PROGRAM

In an April 8, 2014, letter to Mr. Douglas Boyd, Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, newly appointed NMFS Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eileen Sobeck confirmed two major breakthroughs on the agency’s handling of the ELB program that are a direct consequence of the persistent efforts of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) to protect shrimp fishermen’s interests. […]

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ELB Cost Reimbursement

Every once in awhile, SSA is able to send out some good news to the industry and today is one of those days. Reading from the attached letter from Assistant Administrator of NOAA Fisheries, Eileen Sobeck to Douglass Boyd, Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, “to address the language in the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations regarding this […]

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Electronic Logbook Program

Last night the U.S. Senate passed FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations legislation that will fund the federal government through September 30, 2014. The House passed the same bill on Wednesday and so the bill will now proceed to the White House for the President to sign into law.  The Explanatory Statement (Conference Report) issued by the House/Senate managers of the bill […]

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SSA Continues to Express Concerns About Offshore Aquaculture

After many years of deliberation, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council moved another step closer to authorizing offshore aquaculture operations in the Gulf of Mexico when it approved its final draft of the “Proposed Rule for the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico”. The Southern Shrimp Alliance has submitted extensive written and […]

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Council Acts on SSA initiatives

  Electronic Logbooks: At its meeting in Tampa last week, the Gulf Fishery Management Council adopted by a strong vote of 10-3 a motion to direct its staff to prepare a white paper to evaluate a broad range of options for funding the electronic logbook program (ELB). This final motion actually represented the strongly preferred substitute offered by Council Member […]

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