Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit – March 1, 2016

Planning for the 2016 Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit is in full swing, and there is still time to partner with us again this year.  Summit attracts hundreds of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers, processors and others in the seafood industry, and this year’s event is sure to be better than ever at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner on March 1, 2016. Our format […]

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Important Information for Shrimpers Who Worked in BP’s Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) Program

In compensating shrimp fishermen and other claimants for economic loss, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) has not offset compensation earned from the VOO program from economic loss awards.  In a September 21, 2011 letter to the GCCF, BP’s counsel stated that BP views the GCCF’s failure to offset such amounts as a violation of the Oil Pollution Act of […]

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Trade Adjustment Assistance

In 2010, the Southern Shrimp Alliance successfully petitioned for shrimp harvested in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) to be considered an eligible commodity for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers program in FY2010.  Shrimp was one of only three agricultural commodity products approved for the program in […]

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Creating New Markets for U.S. Shrimp

EXPLORE FURTHER: Marketing Programs Seafood Watch List USDA Procurement Program Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has spent nearly $155 million procuring seafood products for government programs like the school lunch program.   The USDA’s programs are intended, in part, to assist domestic production of seafood.  However, the single largest beneficiary of the government’s purchases is an American subsidiary […]

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Representing U.S. Shrimp Fisheries

Through its representatives, members and staff, the SSA participates extensively and aggressively in the Fisheries Management Councils and federal rulemaking processes on behalf of the domestic shrimp industry, serving in roles of public stakeholder and as Council and Advisory Panel appointees.  The SSA has contributed substantial shrimp industry expertise and influence in this process which had previously been dominated by strongly […]

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Achieving Equitable Benefits of Trade Relief

EXPLORE FURTHER: Customs Suit Thai Settlement The most pressing question confronted by the SSA with respect to trade issues is: How does this benefit the domestic industry? If trade discipline leads to stable prices at the wholesale level and stable import growth but does not prevent the further serious deterioration of economic conditions for shrimp fishermen, then something has gone […]

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Louisiana Shrimpers Strike

Hundreds of shrimpers descended on the Louisiana state capitol in August to protest low shrimp prices.  The shrimpers asked government officials to investigate the causes of the weak U.S. shrimp market and to take action against any market distorting behavior. SSA provided the Louisiana delegation with possible actions the government can take to protect the industry from documented market distortions, […]

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Addressing Collapsing Prices at the Dock

Throughout the South Atlantic and Gulf coasts, shrimpers are appropriately asking what has caused dock prices to hit record lows. Although imports remain an overwhelming presence in the U.S. market, the antidumping duties successfully countered the twin trends of rapidly increasing imports volumes and declining import prices experienced between 2000 and 2003. Total import volume of shrimp in 2008 was […]

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SSA Announces New Commitments and Issues Challenges to U.S. Shrimp Industry

Tarpon Springs, FL—The Southern Shrimp Alliance, representing shrimp fishermen and processors from eight states, announced new commitments and issued challenges to U.S. shrimp processors and the Louisiana Shrimp Association as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the U.S. shrimp industry. Future Settlement Monies The SSA Executive Committee adopted a resolution regarding the use of any future funds received as […]

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SSA Files a Defamation Lawsuit Against the Louisiana Shrimp Association

Tarpon Springs, FL—Despite SSA’s achievements on behalf of the shrimp industry at large, the organization has been the subject of a smear campaign launched by the Louisiana Shrimp Association (LSA). LSA and its officers have repeatedly and publicly alleged that SSA “stole”, “took”, or “skimmed” money from shrimp fishermen. According to SSA’s executive director, John Williams: “LSA’s allegations are patently […]

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