Congress

In addition to communicating with the U.S. shrimp industry, the SSA helps the industry maintain continuous communications with U.S. Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Congressional Committees and key staff members in their home districts and Washington, DC. The SSA helps provide information to the U.S. shrimp industry to present to elected officials in […]

Industry

In 2009, the SSA continued its efforts to attend commercial fishing meetings and to update industry participants about the latest activities by the organization and with regard to numerous issues that affect U.S. shrimpers and their businesses. The SSA presented information at the annual shrimp association meetings in Texas, Georgia and South Carolina, two different […]

Seafood Watch List

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. The program raises consumer awareness through pocket guides, a website, mobile applications and outreach efforts that recommend which seafood items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones you should “Avoid.” The Seafood Watch scientists research government reports, journal […]

Marketing Programs

Through marketing, the U.S. shrimp industry can create niche markets that allow U.S. shrimpers to demand a higher price for superior product.  The SSA used part of the revenue from the first administrative review settlements to support state marketing programs.  In years past, the SSA completed several requests for federal appropriations for national marketing efforts […]

USDA Procurement Program

Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has spent nearly $155 million procuring seafood products for government programs like the school lunch program.   The USDA’s programs are intended, in part, to assist domestic production of seafood.  However, the single largest beneficiary of the government’s purchases is an American subsidiary of Thai Union Frozen Products […]

Shrimp Fraud Investigations

In 2009, federal and state agents launched multiple state investigations into whether U.S. shrimp purchasers have falsely labeled imported shrimp as domestic shrimp.  Steve Campbell, a special agent with NOAA law enforcement, called the investigation “the tip of the iceberg” in news reports. The SSA has worked closely with government regulatory agencies to enhance efforts […]

Economically-Motivated Adulteration

In 2009, the FDA looked at the growing problem of economically-motivated adulteration of foods.  The FDA is defining economically-motivated adulteration as “the fraudulent, intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product for the purpose of increasing the apparent value of the product or reducing the cost of its production, i.e., for economic gain.”  […]

Food Safety Legislation

Making substantial improvements to the food safety requirements for imported food has been a high priority for the SSA for many years as a means to prevent the importation of farm-raised shrimp contaminated with illegal and dangerous antibiotics and pesticides, and the negative impacts of those illegal imports on the domestic shrimp producing industry. September 10, […]