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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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Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Report on Labor Abuses in Bangladesh’s Farmed-Shrimp Industry

Today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance formally filed a report entitled “Know Your Supplier: Labor Abuses in Bangladesh’s Farmed-Shrimp Industry” with the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC). The submission, filed through the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), responds to the announcement that the TPSC is currently reviewing Bangladesh’s eligibility for GSP benefit.   The […]

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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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TEDs Not Required in Skimmer Trawls

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) welcomes the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) decision not to implement a requirement for skimmer trawls to have TEDs installed until further research is conducted and the results fully understood.  While SSA remains actively committed to sea turtle and all other bycatch conservation in the shrimp fisheries and firmly believes that all sources of sea turtle […]

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SSA’s John Williams Testifies before House Subcommittee on Need to Strengthen Protections from Illegal Shrimp Trade

Today Southern Shrimp Alliance’s Executive Director John Williams presented expert testimony before Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and other Members of the Ways & Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Read SSA’s written testimony: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/John_Williams_Testimony_May_17th_Hearing.pdf The topic of the Subcommittee’s hearing was “Supporting Economic Growth and Job Creation through Customs Trade Modernization, Facilitation, and Enforcement”.  See […]

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SSA’s Testimony on Duty Evasion

John Williams, executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, testified before the Ways and Means committee today on evasion of antidumping duties on shrimp.  The hearing addressed the challenges of effectively and efficiently processing the volume and increasing complexity of trade in the future, CBP’s structure, policies, operations, and modernization must support its trade facilitation and commercial enforcement functions. SSA’s […]

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FDA: Vietnam Walked Away from Commitment to Test Shrimp, Basa, Tra, and Crabmeat Exports to the United States

Responding to concerns expressed by the Southern Shrimp Alliance regarding the contamination of Vietnamese seafood exports to the U.S. market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that following organizational changes in the Ministry of Fisheries, the Vietnamese government did not extend or revoked: a number of regulatory Directives and Decisions that are legally enforceable in Vietnam, including Ministry […]

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Convictions Handed Down in Seafood Mislabeling Case; Investigation Uncovered Massive Fraud in Shrimp Trade

On Monday, Chau-Shing (“Duke”) Lin and Christopher Scott Ragone were sentenced for their role in a seafood mislabeling scheme involving pangasius falsely imported and marketed as other fish species.  Mr. Lin received a sentence of three years probation, one hundred hours of community service, and a fine of $60,000.  Mr. Ragone received three years probation with an order for one […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Paper for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Details Widespread Fraud in Evasion of Antidumping Duties

In comments filed today with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Southern Shrimp Alliance detailed the extensive fraud uncovered by CBP in enforcement operations relating to evasion of antidumping duties on shrimp and other imports.  The comments, submitted for the record in advance of a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC), […]

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