NOAA Fisheries SIMP Implementation Report Shows Significant Noncompliance, Immediate Need for Improved Enforcement

On Friday, the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) released a report detailing the agency’s experience in administering the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) since the program took effect in January 2018 (Report on the Implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program). In the report, NOAA Fisheries explained that the agency had […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Applauds Introduction of the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act

This afternoon, Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Representative Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act, legislation that would strengthen the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recognize that forced labor constitutes an illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing practice, and require traceability of imported seafood equivalent to […]

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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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CBP Finds that MSeafood Evaded Antidumping Duty Payments on Indian Shrimp

Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice of an affirmative determination as to evasion in its administrative investigation pursuant to the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) of MSeafood Corporation, the United States importer affiliate of the Vietnamese shrimp producer and exporter, Minh Phu Seafood. The agency’s determination concluded that, based on the record of the administrative proceeding, MSeafood […]

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