U.S. International Trade Commission Issues Questionnaires and Schedule for Final Phase of Sunset Review
LSA MEMBERS, SHRIMPERS AND PROCESSORS, PLEASE FILL THESE QUESTIONNAIRES OUT AND RETURN TO THE
TRADE COMMISSION! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR INDUSTRY. THE DEADLINE IS*
DECEMBER 28, 2016*.
The Commission has requested that questionnaires be completed and submitted electronically to the ITC in MS Word format following the instructions provided in the questionnaires.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued questionnaires and the schedule for the final phase of the Five-Year Sunset Reviews of the antidumping duty orders on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.
In the Sunset Reviews, the ITC will determine whether the removal of antidumping duties will likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of material injury to the domestic shrimp industry. The ITC’s review will focus principally on information received in response to questionnaires that are due back to the agency on *December 28, 2016*. The ITC is seeking information from:
U.S. shrimp fishermen/U.S. shrimp farmers, shrimp processors, shrimp purchasers,shrimp importers, shrimp producers.
The questionnaires issued by the ITC, along with additional information regarding the sunset review, are available on the agency’s website, here:
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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."
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- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Renew your Commercial Fishing License online.
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LSA has opposed, and continues to oppose the creation of new Special Artificial Reef Sites, or SARS. LSA feels that this puts the burden and liability on shrimpers for avoiding artificial reefs as hazards and incurs great cost when hangs happen. We feel that these aging structures will eventually become a mind field for navigation by not only commercial fishermen but all maritime interests. Commercial fishermen are un-like recreational or charter fishing operations in that we are out at sea 24 hrs. a day in all types of weather conditions. The GPS systems used on commercial fishing vessels is not a flawless system. Signals may be lost for hours at a time having lower structures or structures receding below the water-line could be a disaster. Under these conditions, navigation becomes extremely difficult, especially when electronic equipment is negated by violent weather, rough seas, heavy rain and electrical storms in day or night conditions. We are strongly concerned about the health and wellbeing of our fishermen while at sea if any of these structures would happen to cause damage to their vessels or equipment. If the moratorium were to be lifted, LSA has suggestions for guidelines:
1. That a fund be created to compensate shrimpers who do hang on artificial reef (shrimpers are unlikely to abuse such a fund, because the cash compensation still does not cover their loss of time and the hassle to collect)
2. The equal areas subtracted from the Planning Areas is of higher shrimp trawl effort/value.
3. The program use AIS data when planning where new sites are located and that information and coordinates of new reef sites that are developed is distributed as soon as possible.
In conclusion, we support current programs and regulations and OBJECT to any changes or deviations from them that would allow the oil industry to NOT honor previous agreements and lease contracts in which they have the liability to clean-up after their oil production activities cease and return areas on which these platforms sit, back to clean fishing bottoms with no obstructions for fishing or navigation.
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