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Commentary: Criminal Defamation Case Against Prominent Labor Activist Starts in Thailand

This week in Thailand, the civil and criminal lawsuits brought by the Natural Fruit Co. Ltd., one of the country’s largest pineapple processors, against Andy Hall began.  These lawsuits carry the threat of both substantial time in prison and massive financial damages for the long-time advocate of humane treatment and acceptable working conditions for migrant laborers in Thailand.   Over […]

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MAJOR BREAKTHROUGHS ON ELECTRONIC LOGBOOK PROGRAM

In an April 8, 2014, letter to Mr. Douglas Boyd, Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, newly appointed NMFS Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eileen Sobeck confirmed two major breakthroughs on the agency’s handling of the ELB program that are a direct consequence of the persistent efforts of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) to protect shrimp fishermen’s interests. […]

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ELB Cost Reimbursement

Every once in awhile, SSA is able to send out some good news to the industry and today is one of those days. Reading from the attached letter from Assistant Administrator of NOAA Fisheries, Eileen Sobeck to Douglass Boyd, Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, “to address the language in the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations regarding this […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Antibiotics in Vietnam’s Shrimp Aquaculture and the Limits of Industry Certification

On July 15, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added Ngoc Tri Seafood Joint Stock Company to Import Alert 16-124 (“Detention Without Physical Examination of Aquaculture Seafood Products Due to Unapproved Drugs”) for shrimp products because of chloramphenicol.  The addition of company to the Import Alert followed the FDA’s reporting that seven entry lines of vannamei and black […]

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Federal Agencies Confirm Early Mortality Syndrome Not a Threat To US Shrimp Consumers or Producers

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the disease responsible for causing massive, widespread mortalities on shrimp farms in China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam does not pose a threat to human health, US wild shrimp stocks or shrimp farms in the US.    Each of the three […]

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Early Mortality Syndrome

Today the Southern Shrimp Alliance sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to raise alarm over the potential effects and spread of a disease currently devastating shrimp farms in southeast Asia. https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Early-Mortality-Syndrome.pdf Little is known about this disease, described as “Early Mortality Syndrome”, which causes 100 percent mortality in affected shrimp ponds.  Only […]

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SSA ENDORSES NEW LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SEAFOOD FRAUD AND IMPROVE SAFETY

In a March 7, 2013, letter to Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA), SSA indicated its strong support for legislation that would substantially strengthen the capabilities of Federal and State governments to combat fraudulent labeling and the illegal use of banned antibiotics and pesticides in seafood imports.   https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Southern-Shrimp-Allianc1.pdf   Schemes to evade US seafood safety standards, labeling requirements and anti-dumping duties for […]

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SSA Condemns Criminal Defamation Case Filed Against Prominent Labor Activist in Thailand

In a letter sent today to U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Southern Shrimp Alliance expressed grave concern regarding the recently filed criminal defamation charges in Thailand against Andy Hall, a British citizen resident in Thailand. According to published reports, Mr. Hall, a long-time advocate of humane […]

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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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