Click here to view the January 8, 2019 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda
NOAA, CBP Implement ‘Informed Compliance’ Period for Shrimp and Abalone SIMP Data
While parts of the U.S. Government are closed due to the shutdown, NOAA Fisheries announced that they have implemented a period of “informed compliance” for submission of SIMP data for shrimp and abalone. The compliance provisions, which are in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, start December 31, 2018 and run through March 1, 2019.
According to NOAA, it will be mandatory for foreign shrimp products to be accompanied by harvest and landing data beginning December 31. In addition, importers will have to maintain chain of custody records for all shrimp and abalone imports entering the U.S.
The informed compliance period aims to help importers work through any “inadvertent, unintentional, technical or concerns.” While all shrimp and abalone entries will be “audited, inspected and verified for the informed compliance,” NOAA added that entries will not be rejected if their SIMP data is “omitted.”
Mandatory compliance for other species covered under SIMP began January 1, 2018.
LDWF to Extend Registration for 2019 Shrimp Bycatch Study
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is encouraging commercial shrimpers to participate in its 2019 shrimp bycatch study. To ensure the study’s success, LDWF needs a wider range of participation from commercial shrimpers throughout each major basin and greater variation in the types of gear being used.
The voluntary study was requested by the shrimp industry to collect bycatch data during commercial shrimping trips throughout state waters. The study supports the sustainability certification of Louisiana’s shrimp fishery, permitting Louisiana shrimp access to additional markets.
Participation will require commercial shrimpers to allow LDWF staff onboard their vessels during designated trips throughout the 2019 shrimp seasons. LDWF staff will collect a sample from each haul. Commercial fishermen will retain all shrimp and other commercial harvest sampled onboard their vessel. The remainder of the catch will either be processed onboard or held for later processing, depending on conditions.
Most trips will begin at 5 a.m. at the location of the final sale and must conclude by 5 p.m. at the same location; there may be some flexibility in start and end times. A very limited number of trips will take place at night, beginning at 5 p.m. and concluding at 5 a.m.
LDWF will randomly select participants based on gear type and basin. Participating fishermen will receive $350.00 in compensation per trip.
To register, click here. A background check and vessel/site inspection is required of each participating fisherman. The online registration portal will close on February 4, 2019.
If you have questions about the program, or want more information, contact Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
A message from Coastal Communities Consulting, Inc. (CCC)
925 Behrman Hwy., Ste. 15
Gretna, LA 70056
It's Commercial Fishermen Sales Tax Exemption Time for CCC and Louisiana Department of Revenue on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019! We are asking our clients, friends, families, and partners to pass along the message to those who might be benefited. Moreover, we give out to our clients each year a resource folder that is related to their works and/or the coast. Thus, we are asking our friends to send us their membership form and contact information so we can include in the folder to pass it out to our clients during the Sales Tax Exemption. Thank you.
Starting Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, LA Department of Revenue (LDR) will be coming CCC, located at 925 Behrman Hwy., Ste. 15, Gretna, LA 70056, for the commercial fishing sales tax exemption every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
LDR will be at our office on the following dates:
Tuesday, Jan. 8th Thursday, Jan. 10th
Tuesday, Jan. 15th Thursday, Jan. 17th
Tuesday, Jan. 22nd Thursday, Jan. 24th
Tuesday, Jan. 29th Thursday, Jan. 31st
Thursday, Feb. 7th Tuesday, Feb. 12th Thursday, Feb. 14th
You need to bring the following documents with you for the Sales Tax Exemption:
1. Driver's License;
2. 2019 licenses and Boat Title/Certificate of Documentation (please renew or purchase the licenses before you come to the office);
3. Your complete most recent tax return;
4. A checkbook, in case that you owe tax to the State;
5. And, an estimate of your 2018 gross income.
CCC will assist all fishermen with the application process to ensure that they obtain the exemption certificate on the same day.
Please let your families and friends know. Please feel free to contact us at 504.393.0066 if you have questions. Thank you.
For more information on LSA and becoming a member please click here: http://www.louisianashrimp.org/join.html
A membership form may be downloaded here: http://www.louisianashrimp.org/MemForm2018.pdf
Governor's executive order creating the Shrimp Task Force: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/6570-Governor%20Jindals%20Executive%20Order%20creating%20the%20Louisiana%20Shrimp%20Task%20Force/ex-order-for-task-force.pdf
Louisiana Shrimp Season to open in August
Season openings are as follows:
The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the River Channel Buoy Line to open at 6 p.m. on August 13, 2018; and,
The portion of state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the River Channel Buoy Line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. on August 13, 2018; and,
The portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. on. August 27, 2018. Click here for more info and the area map: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/42197
LSA will hold a public meeting August 8, 2018,3 pm
American Legion Hall
602 Legion Ave.
Topics: Shrimp prices, state of the industry and industry updates
Come out and show your support and become a member of LSA!
All commercial fishermen are welcome to attend!
Lawmakers urge more FDA inspections of imported seafood, win approval
Click for more info:http://fisherynation.com/archives/73375
Louisiana Fisherman, LSA Chairman, Thomas Olander, Talks Water Quality and Nutrient Reduction with Iowa Farmers
Click here for more info: http://www.iowapublicradio.org/post/louisiana-fisherman-talks-water-quality-and-nutrient-reduction-iowa-farmers#stream/0
LOUISIANA'S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER SUPPORTS SEAFOOD INDUSTRY EFFORTS TO IMPOSE TARIFF ON IMPORTED SEAFOOD
Click here for more info: https://www.louisianaseafood.com/news/shrimp-industry-press-release
Click here for more info: https://www.kennedy.senate.gov/public/2018/7/senate-votes-in-favor-of-sen-kennedy-s-amendment-to-spend-26-more-on-seafood-inspections
LSA held a public meeting June 9, 2018 at the American Legion Hall in Houma, La.
We would like to thank Senator John Kennedy and Louisiana's Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and also all state and parish representatives that were present, for taking the time out to help our industry.
The meeting was a great success. Over 450 shrimp harvesters attended. Thank you to all that attended! We must be united to save our industry! We are planning another meeting in between shrimp seasons to futher discuss the state of our industry.
LSA will be doing follow ups with both the Senator and the Lt. Governor on issues and possibly solutions of things that were discussed.
We will keep our members updated on this through emails, social media and US Postal mail.
And thank you to the men and women at the American Legion Hall that are always so helpful and accommodating to our assiciation. Thank you!
FYI LSA Members- VERY IMPORTANT!
It is time once again to submit your certification forms to US Custom. If you have completed these forms in the past for previous years then this information is for you.
This is the anti-dumping/CDSOA certification forms that have been submitted since 2004.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORMS IS July 30, 2018!!
Click here for more information: http://www.louisianashrimp.org/cdsoaletter.html
Brown Shrimp data collected from 6ft trawl samples in CS3 and CSA5 (shrimping zone 2) and COUE, average size and size frequency for work weeks 15 and 16 over the past eleven years can be viewe on the link below.
from the La Wildlife and Fisheries. If you have any questions contact the LDWF biologist.
Click here to view data
Shrimp has been added to the Seafood Import Monitoring Program
The House and Senate have passed and the President has now signed into law the FY 18 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This legislation includes provisions that will expand the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) to cover imported shrimp.
LSA would like to thank our members, LSA Board of Directors, Texas Shrimp Association, Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United and all other coastal shrimp associations as well as our Louisiana State and Federal Delegation, Mississippi's Delegation and all involved for coming together and working so diligently together to have shrimp added to the Seafood Import Monitoring Program. It seems like all of our hard work combined is finally becoming positive for our industry. God Bless America!
Read the story on this link: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_6ed8e294-3603-11e8-9f8c-630577e6377a.html
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross questions safety of seafood imports
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross addressed U.S. fisheries regulations and his concern about the quality of seafood imports with the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, 20 March, and he said he’s looking for NOAA Fisheries officials to work harder to reduce the country’s seafood trade deficit. Read the full story here: https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/food-safety-health/us-commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-questions-safety-of-foreign-seafood-imports
LSA Would like to public to know that not at any time will this Association send out email invoices requesting money or payments of any kind. Evidently our email server was compromised and someone has been sending out emails requesting money and payments. These are fraudulent emails. Please disregard them if you receive any. Thank you!
Senator writes letter to include shrimp into the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP)
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker-Mississippi led a letter to the appropriations committee to support section 513. He was able to have strong bipartisan support, with 4 Republicans and 6 Democrats signing on.
LSA has been working with our Louisiana Senators in DC on this issue.
Louisiana Senator Cassidy and Louisiana Senator Kennedy signed on to this letter. Thanks to all Senators for getting involved in supporting this.
Click to read letter
LSA has written and contacted the offices of Louisiana's Senators, Congressmen and Representatives,Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and other agencies in Washington DC urging them to back the efforts to include shrimp in SIMP.
We have also written Congressman John Culberson who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for funding the federal government.
His position on the committee allows him to promote his vision for effective government – lower taxes, less regulation, and more local control. Click here to read the letter to Culberson
We would like to thank all Associations and individuals that are invloved with this. Also a big thanks to Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Texas Shrimp Association and all other coastal organizations that have been pulling together to work on issues involving our shrimp industry.
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.
Click here to read more
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.
Thank you to all members and guest that attended the 2017 Annual Memership Meeting. Click here to view photos
Become Louisiana Certified
"The primary mission of the Louisiana Seafood Certification Program is to build a unified brand
to attract consumers as well as foodservice
and seafood distribution buyers who want to be sure they’re sourcing the best-tasting seafood in the world—Louisiana Seafood."
The basic requirements along with instruction on how to apply to become a Louisiana Seafood Certified Program participant can be found here-
Louisiana Certification Program
- is to incorporate the participation of everyone involved in the Shrimp Industry, and to preserve the culture and heritage of the traditional Louisiana Shrimper. We invite anyone interested in helping LSA with this cause to send an email to email@example.com.