Patience, Persistence and Prayers Pay-Off with Long-Sought Exemption for Shrimpers

*Revised 12/6/18 to update links to EPA. The Southern Shrimp Alliance has been deeply engaged in protecting shrimp vessel owners throughout the Gulf and South Atlantic region from the onerous and expensive requirements of an EPA permit under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) literally ever since a 2005 federal court decision imposed those requirements on commercial fishing vessels […]

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Update: Shrimp Under SIMP Is Now The Law

The House and Senate have passed and the President has now signed into law the FY 18 Omnibus Appropriations bill. As the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) reported yesterday, this legislation includes provisions that will expand the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) to cover imported shrimp; our Nation’s largest seafood http://www.shrimpalliance.com/u-s-congress-acts-place-imported-shrimp-seafood-import-monitoring-program/ The program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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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 […]

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Making Progress on Relief for Shrimp Vessels

Today the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee adopted two of the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s legislative priorities–   1) Repeal of the current statutory requirement for any newly built commercial fishing vessel greater than 50 ft. LOA operating beyond 3 nm to be designed, constructed and maintained according to the standards of a classification society, and to be certified […]

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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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UNPRECEDENTED FISHING INDUSTRY SUPPORT FOR SENATE VESSEL DISCHARGE PERMIT EXEMPTION BILL

Working in coalition with representatives of the Garden State Seafood Association, the West Coast Seafood Processors Association, and the National Association of Charterboat Operators, the Southern Shrimp Alliance has played a leading role in generating a powerful letter of support to the United States Senate for S.2904 – the “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act”.  http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/cialFishingandCharterFishingLetterofSupportApril12014.pdf The bill will make permanent the […]

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IMPORTANT PROGRESS MADE ON VESSEL DISCHARGE PERMIT EXEMPTION LEGISLATION

In the United States Senate: Senators Begich (D-AK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have crafted a bipartisan bill– S. 2094; the “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act” to establish a uniform national system of environmentally sound standards and requirements governing ballast water discharges and other discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. The primary focus of the bill is on effectively regulating […]

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SSA Describes Rampant Customs Fraud and Duty Evasion Relating to Shrimp Imports in Statement to U.S. Senate

On May 19, 2011, the Southern Shrimp Alliance filed a written statement with the U.S. Senate focusing on the problem of illegal circumvention of shrimp antidumping duties.  The statement contributes the experiences and recommendations of the U.S. shrimp industry to a May 5th hearing, “Enforcing America’s Trade Laws in the Face of Customs Fraud and Duty Evasion,” before the U.S. […]

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Shrimpers Welcome Amendment to Improve Imported Seafood Safety

SSA continues its battle on two fronts against illegal practices in the production and trade of imported farm-raised shrimp through an amendment to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and comments to USTR regarding Malaysia’s participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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SSA Sends Letter Encouraging Imported Food Safety

On September 2nd, SSA sent a letter to members of the Senate, which read in part: “The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) remains extremely frustrated with the lack of progress in preventing the continued importation of farm-raised shrimp and shrimp products contaminated with antibiotics and pesticides banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they are deemed harmful to human […]

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