REMINDER FB22-006: Important Reminder from NOAA Fisheries: Turtle Excluder Device (TED) Requirements are Now in Effect

Important Reminder from NOAA Fisheries: Turtle Excluder Device (TED) Requirements are Now in Effect TED Requirements for Skimmer Trawls: In an effort to strengthen sea turtle conservation efforts, NOAA Fisheries is offering a reminder to the shrimp industry of current TED requirements. A TED is a device that allows sea turtles to escape from trawl nets, and their use is […]

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NOAA’s Preliminary Reporting Shows Shrimp Landings in the Gulf of Mexico in 2021 Higher Than 2020, But Data Also Appear to Be Substantially Understated

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 December and the full year of 2021. For the month of December, NOAA preliminarily reports that 4.4 million pounds of shrimp was landed in the Gulf of Mexico, the lowest total […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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August Shrimp Landings Incompletely Reported; Major Historical Revisions Confirm Substantial Underreporting of Shrimp Landings in Gulf of Mexico

Earlier today, 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 August. For the month, NOAA reports that 11.7 million pounds of shrimp was landed in the Gulf of Mexico, the second lowest total for any August since 2002, behind only […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Calls on NOAA and BOEM to Partner on Offshore Wind Spatial Planning

SSA Executive Director John Williams has written to NOAA Administrator Dr. Richard Spinrad urging 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. https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/SSA-letter-to-NOAA-Admin-Spinrad-GOM-offshore-wind-f-9-28-21.pdf Copied on the September 28, 2021, letter are: NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, Janet Coit; National Ocean Service (NOS) Director, […]

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July Shrimp Landings Lowest Since 2010; Major Historical Revisions Confirm Substantial Underreporting of Shrimp Landings in Louisiana and Florida

Last week, 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 July. For the month, NOAA reports that 6.4 million pounds of shrimp was landed in the Gulf of Mexico, the lowest total for any July since 2010 (5.5 million pounds). In NOAA’s […]

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Through First Half of 2021, NOAA Reports Shrimp Landings Low, Prices High

This morning, 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 June. Following significant downward revisions to the landings data made by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to its earlier reporting, NOAA indicates that through June, landings of shrimp in the […]

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