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Too Many Uncertainties Associated with BOEM’s Fishery Mitigation Guidance, Says SSA

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) has submitted extensive comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in specific response to the federal agency’s Request for Information concerning their document entitled: “Guidance for Mitigating Impacts to Commercial and Recreational Fisheries from Offshore Wind Energy Development” (‘Guidance document’). See SSA’s Comments here: https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/SSA-comments-BOEM-Fisheries-Mitigation-Guidance-1-7-22.pdf BOEM’s fisheries mitigation guidance document can be found […]


Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Updated Databases of Refused Shipments of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Imports in EU, Japan, and U.S. through 2021

As part of its “Know Your Supplier” initiative, the Southern Shrimp Alliance annually updates databases providing detailed information regarding shrimp imports rejected from the European Union, Japan, and the United States due to the presence of banned antibiotics. The databases, made available in Excel format, now include information for calendar year 2021 for the actions taken by enforcement agencies in three […]


NOAA’s Preliminary Reporting Shows Higher Volume of Shrimp Landings in 2021 Compared to 2020, But Landings Still Significantly Below Historic Averages

On Tuesday, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released preliminary shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for November. For the month of November, NOAA reports that 6.7 million pounds of shrimp was landed in the Gulf of Mexico, higher than the 6.6 million pounds of shrimp preliminarily […]


FDA Rejects 75 Entry Lines of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in 2021; Sets Record Low in Total Seafood Entry Line Refusals in December Despite Record Levels of Seafood Imports in 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published detailed data regarding 36 total seafood entry line refusals in December, of which 1 (2.9%) was of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  The FDA also reported an additional 16 seafood entry line refusals in November that were not part of the agency’s reporting last month.  One of these additional […]


Antiquities Act

The Southern Shrimp Alliance and 90 co-signatories sent a letter to President Biden to express concerns regarding calls for the administration to establish “fully and highly protected areas” in 30% of the U.S. ocean by 2030, including through marine monuments designated under the Antiquities Act. The potential designation of marine monuments under the Antiquities Act sets back efforts to advance […]


Southern Shrimp Alliance Staying Busy On Offshore Wind Energy Development

SSA capped off a busy few weeks working on the Bureau of Energy Management’s (BOEM) plans to develop offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Mexico when it filed formal written comments on BOEM’s ‘Call for Information and Nominations’ last week.  https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/SSA-Comments-to-BOEM-Call-for-Information-Gulf-Offshore-Wind-12-16-21-f-1-1.pdf According to SSA Executive Director John Williams: “Although BOEM has told us that it may be 5 to […]


FDA Rejects Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp from Vietnam and Malaysia in November; Refusals in 2021 All from Just Three Regional Divisions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published detailed data over the weekend regarding 54 total seafood entry line refusals in November, of which 2 (3.7%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA also reported an additional 29 seafood entry line refusals in October that were not part of the agency’s reporting last month. None of […]


SSA Encouraged by NOAA-BOEM Collaboration on Offshore Wind

As reported in October, SSA Executive Director John Williams sent a letter to NOAA Administrator Dr. Richard Spinrad calling on the agency to work in partnership with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in evaluating offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. Copied on the September 28, 2021, letter were: NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, Janet Coit; National Ocean […]


Shrimp Landings Data for September and October Shows that Louisiana Commercial Fishing Industry Severely Impacted by Hurricane Ida

Yesterday, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released preliminary shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for October. As with NOAA’s preliminary release of data in August, the agency explained that, with regard to shrimp landings data from Louisiana: “Due to the [extent] of Hurricane Ida’s impact Not […]


New Scholarship to Support Students with Ties to US Shrimp Industry

The Southern Shrimp Alliance announces a new scholarship program intended to reduce education costs for students with ties to the commercial shrimping industry. In 2022, SSA will award post-secondary educational scholarships to two students in each of the eight states where the southeastern shrimp industry operates (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina). The sixteen recipients […]