Lee Zurich Investigates
Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs
Majority of U.S. seafood is imported, the government fails to keep up with food safety laws
Cassidy Stands Up for Louisiana Shrimpers, Seeks Action on Unfairly Subsidized Imports from Asia
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), stood up for Louisiana shrimpers during a Senate Finance Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer. Cassidy requested action to address foreign countries dumping government subsidized shrimp in the U.S. market, which drives down prices and hurts domestic producers in Louisiana.
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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.
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
Lawmakers urge more FDA inspections of imported seafood, win approval
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Louisiana Fisherman, LSA Chairman, Thomas Olander, Talks Water Quality and Nutrient Reduction with Iowa Farmers
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LOUISIANA'S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER SUPPORTS SEAFOOD INDUSTRY EFFORTS TO IMPOSE TARIFF ON IMPORTED SEAFOOD
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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
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.
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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!
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.
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.