In December, the President’s Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud issued fifteen (15) recommendations “for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need.”

The Task Force invited the public to provide comments regarding the proposed recommendations.  In response to this request, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted comments yesterday.  The Southern Shrimp Alliance’s comments covered a wide variety of issues, advocating for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In its comments, the Southern Shrimp Alliance also expressed support for the development of a regular forum “to enhance collaboration” from all parties interested in the elimination of IUU fishing and seafood fraud and committed to participating fully in whatever formal process is ultimately adopted by the Task Force.

 

The Southern Shrimp Alliance’s comments also drew attention to specific shrimp-related concerns that should be accounted for in the Task Force’s future work.  For example, the submitted comments discussed recent studies regarding the threat placed on wild fisheries from the significant expansion of aquaculture and China and, separately, the prevalence of misrepresentation of shrimp products in the U.S. retail and restaurant market.  Further, the comments emphasized the numerous problems evidenced by shrimp shipped from Malaysia to this market – observing that these problems have increased despite the existence of a CMAA between the Malaysian government and our own and despite continuing negotiations with Malaysia regarding the formation of a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

 

Read SSA’s previous submission to the Task Force in September 2014:  https://shrimpalliance.com/iuu-seafood-fraud-task-force/

 

Read the Task Force’s Recommendations as published in the Federal Register (Dec. 18, 2014): https://shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Taskforce-on-Seafood-Fraud-Recommendations.pdf

 

Read SSA’s comments regarding the Task Force’s Recommendation (Jan. 20, 2015): https://shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SSA-comments-Task-Force-Recommendations-1-20-15-final.pdf