LSA supports President Trump's executive orders this morning aimed at combating foreign trade abuses that contribute to the US's half-trillion-dollar trade deficit.
Trump's executive orders will initiate a large-scale review of the causes of the US's trade deficits, ordering stricter enforcement of US anti-dumping laws. Briefing reporters at the White House on Thursday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, director of the National Trade Council, reiterated that "these actions are designed to let the world know that this is another step in the president fulfilling his campaign promise to (tackle trade abuses)." As a result of the first executive order, the Commerce Department and US trade representative will compile a thorough accounting of the US's trade deficits with its top trading partners within 90 days. The report will look to determine the extent to which the US trade deficit is a factor of cheating, unfair trading practices and currency imbalances. Ross said the report would "form the basis" for further actions by the Trump administration to tackle trade imbalances. The second executive order will seek to bolster US agencies' authority to combat dumping by foreign companies and countries, which is a form of trade cheating. $2.8 billion in import taxes imposed against violators of US anti-dumping laws have gone uncollected since 2001.

Proposed Inside/Outside Shrimp Line Changes
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) is proposing to update the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, using 2015 satellite data to re-draw the line for the entire coast. This line separates the ‘inside or inshore’ waters from the ‘offshore waters or territorial seas’. LDWF is now asking for public comment on the proposed new line to provide your input to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Click on image for more information.

NOAA's Shrimp Statistics February 2017.

Thank you to all members and guest that attended the 2017 Annual Memership Meeting. Click here to view photos

Indian Shrimp Exporters Say Lower Duty Rates in 11th Review Will Support More Shipments to US Market
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Business Standard] Nirmalya Behera - March 27, 2017
The United States, the largest importer of Indian shrimps, has pegged its preliminary anti-dumping duty on the perishable item at an average rate of 1.07 per cent.
The US commerce department has announced the preliminary determinations in the ongoing 11th administrative reviews of the anti-dumping duty orders against frozen warm water shrimp from India and Thailand. The period of review (POR) was February 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016.
The new rate applies to 229 Indian producers/exporters not targeted for individual examination, sources said.
Meanwhile, the review-specific average duty in the 11th round was lower from the final tenth review rates, exporters said. The final duty for 2014-15 was 2.20 per cent.
"Because of the duty being lowered, a lot of major exporters will stand to get duty refunds which will be a big boost for the exports," said Rajen Padhy, director general of Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a seafood consultant.
The US is the major importer of Indian seafood with a share of 28.46 per cent in dollar terms. Total exports to that country stood at $1,334.05 million in 2015-16. However, the shipments had registered a growth of 18.53 per cent in volume but were down 2.23 per cent in rupee value terms and 8.52 per cent in dollar terms. The US is the largest market (1,34,144 tonnes) for frozen shrimp followed by European Union (81,849 tonnes), South East Asia (65,188 tonnes), Japan (34,204 tonnes), West Asia (17,477 tonnes), China (9,542 tonnes) and other countries (31,464 tonnes).
The commerce department is scheduled to issue its final results within 120 days of publication of its preliminary determination notices in the federal register (sometime in early July 2017), although that deadline can be and usually is extended by an additional 60 days (until September 2017), sources said.

Submit your feedback on the EEZ Federal Shrimp Permits to the Gulf Council-
Do you think they should cut the number of federal shrimp permits down? Should any permits not being used be put in a pool for anyone wanting to obtain one? YES !!!!!
Get involved! Read up on this. This federal shrimp fisheries will be taken away from the commercial fishermen eventually if we do not get involved!!
Keep our heritage. Stand up for our industry!
Ask that they do not cut down Federal Shrimp Permits. Currently there are 1438 federal shrimp permits and around 1100 are being used (exact totals can be found on the Gulf Council website). If we cut the number of permits we cut our Gulf fleet size down. What good is a bigger boat if you can't obtain a permit to shrimp in federal waters too? Let them know just what you think of this! Ask them to keep the number of Federal Shrimp Permits around 1500. Give our fellow fishermen a chance!
Click here to submit your comments This online comment form provides another opportunity for the public to provide feedback on this amendment. A copy of the draft amendment can be found on the Council's web site at For assistance, please call 813-348-1630.
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LSA's Public Comment on Proposed Rule to Require Turtle Excluder Devices on Skimmer Trawls, Pusher-Head Trawls, and Wing Nets (Butterfly Trawls)
Louisiana Shrimp Association maintains that Alternative No.1, maintaining current regulatory practices over skimmer vessels, is the only choice that will clearly avoid the unsustainable adverse economic consequences for our coastal shrimping operations in the Gulf of Mexico and provide for continued expansion of turtle populations. Click here to download the full testimony of LSA

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

    Our Goal

    • 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

Buy domestic USA wild caught shrimp,
buy Louisiana Certified!

Educate and inform your neighbors!
Friends don't let friends eat imported shrimp!