Southern Shrimp Alliance Applauds Legislation to Advance Human Rights, Marine Conservation and Fair Trade in Seafood Supply Chain

Global efforts to advance fishery conservation and to combat IUU fishing and the use of forced and child labor in the seafood supply chain took a major step forward yesterday when the House Committee on Natural Resources passed by a voice-vote, HR 3075: the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act. The bipartisan bill was introduced on May 11, 2021, by […]

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Legislation with Strong Measures Addressing Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chains Passes Senate

Last night, by a 68 to 32 vote, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) was passed in the Senate.  The bipartisan bill, previously known as the Endless Frontier Act, includes a section titled “Trading Consistent with American Values” that improves and increases the federal government’s capacity to prevent the importation of foreign goods produced through forced and child […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Opposes Recommendations of COAC’s Forced Labor Working Group

Earlier today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance issued a letter to the Forced Labor Division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate (TRLED) expressing support for the agency’s intention to make forced labor a priority trade issue, joining agriculture/quota enforcement; antidumping and countervailing duties; free trade agreements; import safety; intellectual property rights; revenue; and textiles and […]

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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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Task Force Report on Human Trafficking in Seafood Supply Chains Emphasizes Need to Leverage Access to the U.S. Market to Reduce Forced Labor

Last month, the Task Force on Human Trafficking in Fishing in International Waters released its report addressing labor that may have been subject to human trafficking to harvest fish in international waters. The Task Force’s report was mandated by a Senate Report accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-141) that directed the U.S. Department of Justice to lead a […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Letter to the Southern Shrimp Alliance Emphasizes Continued Focus on Slavery in Seafood Supply Chains

In a letter to the Southern Shrimp Alliance dated January 25, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) explained that in evaluating information regarding forced labor in distant water fishing fleets, “OFCT took into account the information provided” by the Southern Shrimp Alliance in a January 13, 2020 submission. Based on OCFT’s […]

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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 Asks the Department of Labor to Close Loopholes in the Identification of Seafood Produced through Slave Labor

Yesterday, in response to a request for information and invitation to comment from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Department of Labor (“ILAB”), the Southern Shrimp Alliance asked the agency to close loopholes that exempt entire categories of seafood from being identified as produced through child or forced labor. Since 2009, ILAB has published a list of goods produced through […]

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Imported Shrimp May Use Human Trafficking

Shrimp consumed in the United States may have been produced using human trafficking according to the U.S. Department of Labor and human rights organizations. Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. Documented examples of human trafficking in the shrimp supply chain include individuals held at sea to catch […]

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World Day Against Child Labor Includes Shrimp

The U.S. government, other governments, and human rights organizations have all documented labor abuses in the shrimp supply chain in several countries. On June 12, the Southern Shrimp Alliance is promoting resources to help shrimp purchasers avoid sourcing from supply chains that use forced labor, child labor, and forced child labor as part of World Day Against Child Labor. Resources […]

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