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Watch SSA’s hearing testimony

Nathan Rickard testified against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on behalf of the Southern Shrimp Alliance at a hearing before the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife subcommittee of House Natural Resources Committee on November 14. His testimony starts at 1:00:23 at the video found at https://naturalresources.house.gov/hearings/wow-oversight-hearing_november-14-2019 Read SSA’s written testimony here: Testimony before Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Oversight […]

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CBP FORMALLY REVOKES ERRONEOUS COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN RULING ON COOKED SHRIMP AND ISSUES REMINDER REGARDING MARKING REQUIREMENTS

 In July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) formally modified and corrected a January 2017 ruling letter (NY N281670) erroneously holding that Indian shrimp exported to Guatemala for cooking and peeling had been substantially transformed through its processing in Guatemala such that the appropriate country-of-origin of the cooked shrimp for marking purposes in the United States was Guatemala. In written […]

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SSA Mourns the Passing of Founding Director, Former President, and Industry Leader Elaine Knight

Seventeen years ago, leaders of the shrimp industry from across the country’s southern coastline came together in response to what they saw as an immediate threat to the continued existence of the commercial fishery.  Volunteering their time, their money, and their reputations, these industry veterans built a national response to the challenges facing shrimpers throughout the South Atlantic and the […]

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New Online Tools Address Slavery in Shrimp Supply Chain

“Check Your Supplier” feature of SSA’s website provides government and third-party resources to identify risks of forced labor or banned antibiotics in shrimp production The American commercial shrimp industry is heavily regulated. Federal, state, and local governments set out rules and regulations regarding how, when, and where commercial shrimpers work. They require fishermen to document their activities. They require safeguards be adopted […]

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ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SHRIMP IMPORTS WILL INCREASE TO 25% ON FRIDAY

Tomorrow, a formal notice from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will be published in the Federal Register announcing that, at the direction of President Trump, additional duties on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, will be increased from 10 to 25 percent effective on Friday, May 10th.  Last September, the USTR had initially […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Supports Louisiana Labeling Legislation

Since its founding nearly 2 decades again, the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s (SSA) top priority has been fighting at the federal level against all forms of illegal shrimp imports. This includes especially shrimp imports contaminated with dangerous antibiotics that pose a dual threat to human health. On the one hand, some antibiotics used on foreign shrimp farms can cause deadly forms of […]

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FDA Only Reports One Shrimp Refusal for Antibiotics in April

In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that just 1 out of the 88 (1.1%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The table below summarizes shrimp entry line refusals for reasons related to veterinary drug residues from 2002 through April 2019.   The sole shrimp entry line refused in […]

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Government Spending Bill Includes New Funds for FDA Seafood Inspections

Last night Congress passed a funding bill that provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with significant additional resources to address contaminated seafood products that are introduced to the U.S. market. The new FDA funding, championed by Senator Kennedy (LA) and co-sponsored by Senator Cassidy (LA), increases by twenty-six percent the resources the FDA must spend to inspect imported seafood at the […]

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For the Second Month in a Row, Record Low Shrimp Landings in the Gulf of Mexico

After a significant delay in data release caused by the lack of authorized funding for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Fishery Monitoring Branch of NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center today released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for November 2018. After setting an historic low with just 10.4 […]

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FDA Cracks Down on Indian Shrimp to Begin 2019

In 2017 and 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused a total of twenty-seven (27) entry lines of Indian shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. For these two years, Indian shrimp accounted for one out of every five entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics (27 out of 108). Yet, shrimp sourced from India accounts for more […]

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