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 […]

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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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SSA Comments on Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

SSA filed detailed comments on a Senate staff draft bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA).   The 90-page staff draft includes many proposed amendments to the Act that if enacted would make significant changes to the management of US fisheries including US shrimp fisheries.   The MSA is the primary federal statute that sets forth US fishery policy and a […]

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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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Influencing Fisheries Management Plans

EXPLORE FURTHER: Red Snapper ManagementBlacknose Shark Management Smalltooth Sawfish Management Bottlenose Dolphin Regulations New Sea Turtle Regulations Loggerhead Turtle Reclassification Artificial Reef Placement Offshore Aquaculture Fisheries Ecosystem Plan In 2008, a Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) was developed to protect important deepwater coral.   The SSA’s negotiations with the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC), NMFS and other interest groups […]

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Addressing Permit and Gear Requirements

EXPLORE FURTHER: Rock Shrimp Permit Requirements NPDES Permits Bycatch Reduction Devices Latent Moratorium Shrimp Permits The environmental community, including the Ocean Conservancy, has launched a new campaign to eliminate what they refer to as “latent” permits in the Gulf shrimp fishery—meaning those permits associated with vessels that have not made shrimp landings in recent years for whatever reason.  Amendment 13 […]

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Testimony on Fisheries Management Enhancement

On May 2, 2006, Wilma Anderson testified on behalf of the Southern Shrimp Alliance before the Committee on Resources, U.S. House of Representatives on the matter of  H.R. 5018, The American Fisheries Management and Marine Life Enhancement Act and H.R. 1431, The Fisheries Science and Management Enhancement Act of 2005. Read the full testimony here.  

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