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FDA Reports Crackdown on Thai Shrimp in May

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 99 total seafood entry line refusals in May, of which 2 (2.0%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Of the remaining 97 seafood entry lines refused in March, 30 were of shrimp from Thailand found by the FDA to be either filthy or […]

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CBP Announces Intent to Make CDSOA Distributions in FY2021

Today, the Federal Register published U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (“CBP”) “Notice of Intent to Distribute Offset for Fiscal Year 2021.” Per the notice, for fiscal year 2021 distributions of Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA”) funds, certifications must be received by the agency by July 27, 2021.  CBP also recently issued a preliminary report regarding CDSOA funds that may be available for […]

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Gulf Shrimp Landings through the First Third of 2021 Are Above Historical Averages and the Highest Since 2017

This afternoon, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for April. Last month, 2.3 million pounds of shrimp were landed in the Gulf of Mexico, up slightly from 2.2 million pounds in April of 2020. The volume of shrimp landed in the […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Welcomes USDA’s Announcement of Another Potential $25 Million in Purchases of Wild-Caught Warmwater Shrimp

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will purchase up to $159.4 million in domestically produced fruits, legumes, nuts, and seafood for distribution to food assistance programs in the United States, including those run by charitable institutions. The agency’s announcement indicated that the USDA would purchase up to $70.9 million in domestically produced seafood, including $25 million for […]

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State Department Suspends Mexico’s Section 609 Shrimp Certification

In a Federal Register notice published Friday, the U.S. Department of State announced that it was suspending the certification made, pursuant to Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, of the commercial shrimp fishery in Mexico. In its announcement, the State Department explained that the agency suspended Mexico’s certification because “its sea turtle protection program is no longer comparable to that of […]

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Shrimp Landings in March Continue Trend of Above-Average Harvests in 2021

Last night, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for March. Last month, 2.7 million pounds of shrimp were landed in the Gulf of Mexico, up from 2.0 million pounds in March of 2020 and 2.4 million pounds in March of […]

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In First Quarter of 2021, FDA Refuses Almost as Much Antibiotic-Tainted Shrimp as All of 2020

On Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 59 total seafood entry line refusals in March, of which 6 (10.2%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With a total of 33 entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics through the first two months of this year, the FDA has […]

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ITC Report Details Significant Impact of IUU Fishing on U.S. Shrimp Market

Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released an exhaustive report of the agency’s findings following an investigation of Seafood Obtained via Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: U.S. Imports and Economic Impact on U.S. Commercial Fisheries requested by the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. In its report, the ITC found that seafood harvested through […]

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Combatting Slavery in Seafood Supply Chains Remains Priority of the U.S. Shrimp Industry

Robust enforcement of the law prohibiting the importation of goods produced through forced labor, found at 19 U.S.C. § 1307, has proven to be the most important tool available to counter the continued existence of slavery in overseas supply chains, including seafood supply chains. Although this law has been on the books since 1930, in the seventy-eight (78) years between its […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Updated Databases for 2021 Documenting Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Import Rejections in the European Union, Japan, and the United States

As part of its “Know Your Supplier” initiative, the Southern Shrimp Alliance today released updated databases providing detailed information regarding shrimp imports rejected from the European Union, Japan, and the United States because of the presence of banned antibiotics. The databases, made available in Excel format, now include information for calendar year 2020 for the actions taken by enforcement agencies […]

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