Annual Board Meeting 2015 Update

Several proposed regulations and legal decisions to be made in 2016 threaten to harm U.S. shrimp fishermen and processors. The impacts range from added expenses to meet new safety regulations, to time/area closures, to revocation of the antidumping duty orders. The Southern Shrimp Alliance’s Board of Directors met in Tampa, Florida on November 6th and 7th to discuss these issues […]

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North Carolina Company Sentenced for Mislabeling Imported, Farm-Raised Shrimp as Wild-Caught Domestic Shrimp

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice (Justice Department) announced that Alphin Brothers Inc., a North Carolina-based seafood processor and wholesale distributor, was sentenced in federal court for falsely labeling imported shrimp. As part of a plea agreement reach on February 10, 2015, the company pleaded guilty to one felony count of making or submitting false records in violation of the […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Strongly Endorses H.R. 1907, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade, Pat Tiberi (R-OH), introduced H.R. 1907, the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.”  The proposed legislation includes several measures that would substantially strengthen the federal government’s ability to prevent and deter fraudulent trade, while increasing consumer confidence in the market. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act […]

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NOAA Law Enforcement

NOAA Law Enforcement Requests Assistance in Investigation into Dolphin Deaths Intentional attacks on dolphins, documented in animal carcasses found throughout the Gulf Coast, have captured national attention over the last year. The savagery of the attacks has escalated recently, and because dolphins are a protected species NOAA Law Enforcement has assigned federal agents to investigate and stop further incidents. NOAA […]

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NOAA Law Enforcement Taking Strong Action Against Shrimp Mislabeling

Mislabeling of imports as domestic, wild-caught shrimp poses a substantial threat to the livelihood of those in the domestic shrimp industry.  Mislabeling defrauds consumers from receiving a premium product, while at the same time depresses prices paid to shrimpers for their catch by artificially and falsely increasing the supply of U.S. wild-caught shrimp. The Southern Shrimp Alliance welcomes and applauds […]

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SSA Welcomes Enforcement of Turtle Excluder Device Laws

Today, NOAA’s Office of General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation assessed civil penalties to the owners and operators of eighteen shrimp trawlers for allegedly altering or not having turtle excluder devices (TEDs) on their vessels. The Southern Shrimp Alliance applauds the enforcement of laws designed to protect sea turtles. “Deliberately altering or refusing to use TEDs is completely unacceptable behavior. […]

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Two Seafood Execs Sentenced for Mislabeling

Department of Justice Press Release Posted Thursday, May 5, 2011 Seafood Wholesaler Owners Sentenced in Alabama for Selling Falsely Labeled Fish, Smuggling and Misbranding of Seafood Products WASHINGTON– Karen L. Blyth and David H. M. Phelps were sentenced yesterday in federal court in Mobile, Ala., to 33 months and 24 months in prison, respectively. The pair was also fined $5,000 […]

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Florida Seafood Company Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Mislabel Shrimp

A press release from the United States Attorney’s Office found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/fls/PressReleases/110427-01.html FLORIDA SEAFOOD COMPANY AND ITS PRESIDENT PLEAD GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO MISLABEL SHRIMP April 27, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hal Robbins, Special Agent in Charge, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), […]

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Guilty Plea in Shrimp Mislabeling Case Highlights Fraud in Shrimp Market

On January 12, 2011, the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida issued a press release announcing that a Florida company had pled guilty to criminal charges related to the mislabeling of salmon and shrimp for resale in the U.S. market. According to court filings accompanying the guilty plea, Shifco, Inc. worked with an unnamed […]

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