Proposed Critical Habitat for Loggerhead Sea Turtles

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued a proposed rule for the designation of critical habitat for the threatened Northwest Atlantic Ocean Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the loggerhead sea turtle. https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Loggerhead-NWA-DPS-Critical-Habitat-Proposed-Rule-July-2013.pdf   This designation of critical habitat was fully expected as the follow-on to the 2011 final rule revising the listing of loggerhead sea turtles under the ESA […]

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SSA Continues to Express Concerns About Offshore Aquaculture

After many years of deliberation, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council moved another step closer to authorizing offshore aquaculture operations in the Gulf of Mexico when it approved its final draft of the “Proposed Rule for the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico”. The Southern Shrimp Alliance has submitted extensive written and […]

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Council Acts on SSA initiatives

  Electronic Logbooks: At its meeting in Tampa last week, the Gulf Fishery Management Council adopted by a strong vote of 10-3 a motion to direct its staff to prepare a white paper to evaluate a broad range of options for funding the electronic logbook program (ELB). This final motion actually represented the strongly preferred substitute offered by Council Member […]

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Newsletter: Board Meeting; Electronic Logbooks; Chinese Duty Evasion

SSA’s Fall Board Meeting In Tampa, Florida SSA will hold its 2011 Fall Board Meeting on Thursday and Friday, November 3rd & 4th in Tampa, Florida. Presentations will be given by a number of invited guests from several organizations and agencies including the National Marine Fisheries Service and The Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation. The Meeting will begin Thursday […]

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SSA Praises Federal Agencies for Reconsideration of Proposed Turtle Rule

Tarpon Springs, FL—The Southern Shrimp Alliance praised the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their decision to extend by six months the date for a final decision on whether to list nine distinct population segments (DPS) of loggerhead sea turtles as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In their March 17 announcement, […]

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Loggerhead Turtles

The following NMFS/USFWS announcement regarding loggerhead turtles reflects an extremely significant development reflecting the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s (SSA) longstanding leadership in the area of sea turtle bycatch.  It is worth providing some context on SSA’s role in this result. The premise of SSA’s approach to our fisheries management agenda has been to take very seriously our responsibility for legitimate bycatch […]

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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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