Too Many Uncertainties Associated with BOEM’s Fishery Mitigation Guidance, Says SSA

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) has submitted extensive comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in specific response to the federal agency’s Request for Information concerning their document entitled: “Guidance for Mitigating Impacts to Commercial and Recreational Fisheries from Offshore Wind Energy Development” (‘Guidance document’). See SSA’s Comments here: https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/SSA-comments-BOEM-Fisheries-Mitigation-Guidance-1-7-22.pdf BOEM’s fisheries mitigation guidance document can be found […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Staying Busy On Offshore Wind Energy Development

SSA capped off a busy few weeks working on the Bureau of Energy Management’s (BOEM) plans to develop offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Mexico when it filed formal written comments on BOEM’s ‘Call for Information and Nominations’ last week.  https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/SSA-Comments-to-BOEM-Call-for-Information-Gulf-Offshore-Wind-12-16-21-f-1-1.pdf According to SSA Executive Director John Williams: “Although BOEM has told us that it may be 5 to […]

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SSA Encouraged by NOAA-BOEM Collaboration on Offshore Wind

As reported in October, SSA Executive Director John Williams sent a letter to NOAA Administrator Dr. Richard Spinrad calling on the agency to work in partnership with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in evaluating offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. Copied on the September 28, 2021, letter were: NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, Janet Coit; National Ocean […]

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FDA and EPA advice

The FDA and EPA listed shrimp as a “Best Choice” of seafood for its nutritional content in its recently released advice regarding eating fish for those who might become or are pregnant or breastfeeding and children ages 1 – 11 years. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends pregnant or breastfeeding women consume a variety of seafood from lower mercury choices—between […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Calls on NOAA and BOEM to Partner on Offshore Wind Spatial Planning

SSA Executive Director John Williams has written to NOAA Administrator Dr. Richard Spinrad urging the agency to work in partnership with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in evaluating offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/SSA-letter-to-NOAA-Admin-Spinrad-GOM-offshore-wind-f-9-28-21.pdf Copied on the September 28, 2021, letter are: NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, Janet Coit; National Ocean Service (NOS) Director, […]

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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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