Southern Shrimp Alliance Weighs-In on Offshore Wind Energy in the Gulf

Today the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) filed comments with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in response to their request for input regarding potential commercial wind energy leasing on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SSA-Comments-on-BOEM-RFI-GOM-Wind-f-7-26-21.pdf The purpose is for BOEM to determine whether to begin leasing to wind energy companies any portion of a very large […]

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NOAA Fisheries Delays the Date Requiring TED Use for Skimmer Trawls

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced a delay in the effective date for the Final Rule requiring skimmer trawl vessels 40 feet and greater in length to use turtle excluder devices (TEDs). The effective date is now August 1, 2021 instead of April 1, 2021. Due to safety and travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NOAA Fisheries gear team has not been able to […]

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ALERT! KEEP YOUR ELECTRONIC LOGBOOKS UP AND RUNNING!

Please read the following notice which was sent to federal shrimp permit holders whose vessels are equipped with Electronic Logbooks (ELBs) for collecting shrimp fishing effort data. As the notice indicates, the automatic cellular transmission of data from vessels equipped with ELBs will cease on December 31, 2020.  You will no longer be charged the monthly fee for that cell […]

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SSA continues to assist the U.S. Shrimp Fisheries with developing fishery disaster assistance

SSA continues to assist U.S. shrimp fisheries in the development of fishery disaster assistance requests and once those requests for a fishery disaster declaration are submitted by fishing community leaders and/or the Governors of affected States to the Secretary of Commerce pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens fishery Conservation and Management Act, and the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act. Often the focus of these […]

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Appellate Court Rejects Government Challenge to Ban on Importation of Some Mexican Seafood; Ability of SIMP to Stop Illegal Shrimp Imports at Issue in Court Case

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) rejected the U.S. Government’s appeal of a preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) in July 2018 ordering the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “to ban the importation of all fish and fish products from Mexican commercial fisheries that use gillnets within […]

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Gulf Council Votes to Relax Quotas on Shrimp Fishing

Today, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on shrimp Amendment 18, allowing shrimpers to increase the amount of fishing allowed under the red snapper rebuilding plan. The Southern Shrimp Alliance advocated for this change for more than two years. The Council was unanimous in its decision. Once again, the Alliance won its arguments before regulators by presenting […]

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Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Reef Fish and Shrimp Advisory Panels

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is accepting applications for membership on the Reef Fish Advisory Panel and the Shrimp Advisory Panel for the next three-year term. Advisory Panels are charged with advising the Council on specific fishery issues and are comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery resources, or […]

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SSA Endorses Barry Myers NOAA Administrator

In a November 22, 2017, letter to the leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Southern Shrimp Alliance Executive Director endorsed on behalf of the organization, Mr. Barry Myers as President Trump’s nominee to be the next Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The agency plays a central role in the conservation and […]

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Sea Grant’s Important Impact on the Shrimp Industry

Sea Grant’s mission is to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lake resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment. Please see the links below to view the important impact Sea Great makes on the shrimp industry. http://seagrant.noaa.gov/News/Article/ArtMID/1660/ArticleID/1658/Seafood-Month-Why-Sea-Grant-Matters-to-Louisiana-Fishermen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJOFSQHWZMo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NjhyuxZNLk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkcnXrbVgfQ

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Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee Membership

Good Day All, Would you like to have an opportunity to have an influence on the safety regulations being proposed for the commercial fishing fleet? “The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland […]

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