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 […]

Filed Under


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 […]

Filed Under


Federal Court Rejects National Fisheries Institute’s Challenge to Seafood Import Monitoring Program

“In the end, the Rule weathers the storm of Plaintiffs’ various challenges.”    This (ill-timed) metaphor concludes the decision issued on Monday by the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia rejecting the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) efforts to invalidate the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).   In reality, as discussed extensively in the Court’s 67-page opinion, there wasn’t […]

Filed Under


Senate Shrimp Supporters Move to Protect U.S. Shrimpers from Illegal Imports

SSA thanks and congratulates Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), powerful Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for once again championing the best interests of the domestic shrimp industry by including a provision in his FY 2018 Appropriations bill to ensure that the federal Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) will cover all shrimp imports.   This provision was also shepherded by the Appropriations […]

Filed Under


Solid Senate Support for Combatting Illegal Shrimp Imports

A bipartisan group of eleven powerful U.S. Senators has gone to bat in a big way for the domestic shrimp industry and U.S. shrimp consumers and against illegal shrimp imports by expressing their support for the full implementation of the new U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. Their support was expressed in an April 27, 2017, letter to Department of Commerce […]

Filed Under


Poll Finds 83% of Americans Support New Seafood Traceability Requirements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2016 Contacts: Dustin Cranor, 202.341.2267, 954.348.1314 (cell) or dcranor@oceana.org Amelia Vorpahl, 202.467.1968, 202.476.0632 (cell) or avorpahl@oceana.org Poll Finds 83% of Americans Support New Seafood Traceability Requirements Obama Administration Expected to Issue Final Rule to Address Seafood Fraud WASHINGTON – Today, Oceana released a poll http://usa.oceana.org/poll-finds-83-americans-support-new-seafood-traceability-requirements revealing that 83 percent of Americans support new requirements focused […]

Filed Under


Seafood Traceability Senate Letter 8-30-16

Shrimp-State Senators Champion Need for Traceability of Shrimp Imports   There follows a very important letter issued by 8 powerful Gulf and South Atlantic coast Senators urging the President to implement a secure seafood traceability program that will provide a highly effective tool in combatting fraud and IUU fishing associated with imported shrimp. Such fraud and IUU fishing has severely […]

Filed Under


Why is a Seafood Traceability Program So Important to the US Shrimp Industry ?

Why is a Seafood Traceability Program So Important to the US Shrimp Industry ?   SSA Washington DC Consultant Glenn Delaney, accompanied by SSA Executive Director John Williams and SSA Attorney Nathan Rickard, recently presented the following statement to the White House Office of Management and Budget regarding the critical importance of the implementation of a secure seafood traceability program […]

Filed Under


National Ocean Council Committee Designates Shrimp as an “At-Risk” Species

On Friday, the Federal Register published Notice of the National Ocean Council (NOC) Committee’s finalized principles for determining seafood species at risk of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and seafood fraud, as well as a list of “at-risk” species developed using these principles. Both the list of principles and the list of species are intended to inform the development […]

Filed Under


Southern Shrimp Alliance Requests that National Ocean Council Committee Designate Shrimp an “At Risk” Species

Yesterday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted formal comments to the National Ocean Council (NOC) Committee regarding “principles” to be used in determining which seafood species are “at risk” for Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and seafood fraud.  In those comments, the Southern Shrimp Alliance observed that the “possible principles” identified in the request for comments published in the Federal […]

Filed Under