New Science on Red Snapper Bycatch

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) wishes to express its appreciation to the authors of a new scientific paper confirming that the shrimp trawl fishery in the Gulf of Mexico accounts for a negligible fraction of the total mortality of juvenile red snapper. The authors are Dr. Benny Gallaway, Dr. Bill Gazey and Dr. John Cole. The paper was published in […]

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Forum on Commercial Fishing Vessel Classification Standards

This e-mail is to inform you about a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Engagement on Commercial Fishing Vessel Classification Standards-code 100955. This engagement is in response to a congressional mandate in Section 318 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 and includes the following key questions: 1) What national and regional trends, if any, emerge from the rates […]

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NOAA Fisheries Announces the Extension of the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Shrimp Permit Moratorium

Sorry for the late distribution http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/2016/051/index.html   FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: July 22, 2016 Susan Gehart or Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov 727-824-5305, FAX 727-824-5308 FB16-051     Small Entity Compliance Guide A new rule effective August 22, 2016, will extend the existing commercial shrimp permit moratorium for an additional 10 years, until October 26, 2026. NOAA Fisheries, with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management […]

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Shrimp AP Takes A Thoughtful Approach To The Future of the Gulf Shrimp Fishery

The Shrimp Advisory Panel (AP) to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Tampa on March 3, 2016, to provide its advice to the Council on Shrimp Amendment 17-B. The Shrimp AP is comprised of 14 shrimp industry advisors, representatives and participants throughout the Gulf region with a wide range of considerable expertise. At the meeting, the AP […]

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GMFMC Public Hearing schedule for Shrimp Amendment 17A

Below are the dates and locations for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Public Hearing schedule for Shrimp Amendment 17A. This amendment addresses the continued moratorium on shrimp permits on vessels that fish in the Gulf of Mexico. This amendment will determine if the shrimp industry will renew the current ten year moratorium on permits for another ten years, […]

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON FEDERAL SHRIMP PERMITS

Gulf Council Action on Permit Moratorium At its August meeting, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took some important if not complicated steps forward with Amendment 17 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP).  This Amendment is being developed by the Gulf Council for the purpose of addressing the upcoming October 2016 expiration of the current moratorium on the […]

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IMPORTANT ACTIONS TAKEN ON GULF SHRIMP PERMIT MORATORIUM

At its April meeting in Baton Rouge, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took action to initiate the development of a scoping document with options to address the expiration of the current shrimp limited entry permit moratorium in 2016. This document will provide the foundation for what will become Amendment 17 to the Gulf Shrimp Fishery Management Plan. 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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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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