Gulf shrimpers push for monitoring
January 8, 2018 — The $5.7 billion dollar U.S. industry built on the importation of foreign shrimp is not happy about a monitoring provision tucked away inside a pending federal budget bill, though the Gulf shrimp industry is all for it.
The provision, part of Senate Bill 1662, would remove a stay on including imported shrimp under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), a new set of reporting and record-keeping requirements implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service. SIMP is aimed at preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated-caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering the U.S. market.
Jan. 1, 2018, was the compliance deadline for 10 other species under SIMP, though shrimp and abalone were to be phased in later. The provision in S.B. 1662, if it takes effect, would give the U.S. import shrimp industry 30 days to prepare for the new reporting requirements. Imports represent 90 percent of the U.S. shrimp industry.
“Importers of record,” typically U.S.-based seafood dealers, would be required to maintain records for at least two years on the type of species caught, when and where the species were harvested, quantity and weight of the harvest, type of gear used, name and flag of the fishing vessel, first point of landing and other data.
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A report was made public yesterday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office ("GAO"), "Imported Seafood Safety: FDA and USDA Could Strengthen Efforts to Prevent Unsafe Drug Residues" (GAO-17-443, Sept. 2017).
They state that the need to strengthen their system to prevent imported seafood with unsafe drug residues from entering the country.
The report recommends that the FDA pursue agreements with countries that require seafood exported to the United States to be tested for specific drugs of concern. That's similar to the system that the European Union has in place. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, which has taken over catfish inspections from FDA, should also visit a sample of fish farms overseas as part of the agency's on-site audits of processing facilities, the report says.
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The USDA is offering a "Value Added Producer Grant" for Farmers, Ranchers, Foresters, and Fishermen. This grant is for planning activities or working capital expenses to help them enter into value-added activities related to the processing or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Approximately 18 million dollars will be available for the 2018 program.
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MSIB from Morgan City/Houma concerning USCG actions during a hurricane. English
January 1, 2018 is the date for mandatory compliance to the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). SIMP establishes for imports of certain seafood products, the reporting and recordkeeping requirements needed to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)-caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering U.S. commerce, thereby providing additional protections for our national economy, global food security and the sustainability of our shared ocean resources. LSA has requested that shrimp be included in this monitoring program.
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Agriculture: Shrimp Farming in Mekong Delta Plagued by Unregistered Feed, Banned Drugs. Read the story here
NOTE:Only 1% of imported shrimp entering the USA are tested for banned chemicals. If the country importing it into the U.S. is reporting this illegal abuse of antibiotics, we should stop these imports completely from countries like this. our American citizens are being sold and fed this stuff! Consumer beware!!
Acadiana shrimp industry still feeling effects from Historic Flood Click here to view
Shrimping Lost- A news video of the state of our Shrimp Industry. Click here to view
Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' expected to be largest ever; not enough money for solutions, some say. Louisiana to 'bear the burden' of its effects.
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Turtle Excluder Devices (TED) and tow time restrictions REMINDER- Click here
This is the link to the United States Coast Pilot, that is published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is a series of nine nautical books (volumes) that encompasses a wide variety of information important to navigators of US coastal/intracoastal waters and the waters of the Great Lakes. The Coast Pilot is intended to be used as a supplement to NOAA nautical charts. Coast Pilot 5 - 45th Edition, 2017 covers the Gulf of Mexico from Key West, FL to the Rio Grande, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Click here to view the Coast Guard Pilot 5- 45th Edition
NOAA Fisheries Releases Fisheries Economics of the U.S. and Status of Stocks Reports NOAA Fisheries announced the release of two new reports: the Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries and the 2015 Fisheries Economics of the United States Report. These reports highlight the continued rebuilding and recovery of U.S. fisheries and the broad economic impact of commercial and recreational fisheries on the U.S. economy. To read or download these reports please click here.
LDWF warning on the transport of Roseau cane,scale insect infestation- A small scale insect or scale has been found on the Roseau cane in Plaquemines Parish. This has prompted a warning from the LDWF and the LSU AgCenter to to not transport or transplant Roseau cane into other parts of the state. That warn that this "could impact agriculture crops such as sugar cane and sorghum. It could have significant economic impacts to agriculture crops and native vegetation. So it is vital the cane not be moved."
An updated Description by Benny J. Gallaway, W. J. Gazey & J. G. Cole, of the Red Snapper Shrimp Trawl Bycatch Management Actions in the Gulf of Mexico confirms that natural mortality of these young fish is much higher than previously thought, and that the shrimp trawl fishery only accounts for 4% of the total mortality of juvenile red snapper. Download Article
Thank you to all members and guest that attended the 2017 Annual Memership Meeting. Click here to view photos
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