Senator Cassidy Demands Protections for Whistleblower and Investigation of Claims

In a letter sent yesterday to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) demanded that Joshua Farinella, the whistleblower who came forward with claims regarding the business operations of Choice Canning Company, Inc., be guaranteed full whistleblower protections. Senator Cassidy also “urgently” […]

ELB Funding FY24

The limited FY 2024 Appropriations bills passed by Congress this weekend include $850,000 for NMFS to develop and implement an Electronic Logbook (ELB) program in conjunction with the U.S. shrimp industry. For the second year in a row, the Southern Shrimp Alliance requested the funding and language that expresses concern about the termination of the […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Welcomes Select Committee’s Recommendation to Expand the UFLPA’s Rebuttable Presumption to Cover Seafood Products

On Tuesday, the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (Select Committee) issued a bipartisan report with 150 policy recommendations to implement a strategy to fundamentally reset this country’s economic and technological competition with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Within its report, the Select Committee […]

Too Many Uncertainties Associated with BOEM’s Fishery Mitigation Guidance, Says SSA

The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) has submitted extensive comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in specific response to the federal agency’s Request for Information concerning their document entitled: “Guidance for Mitigating Impacts to Commercial and Recreational Fisheries from Offshore Wind Energy Development” (‘Guidance document’). See SSA’s Comments here: BOEM’s fisheries mitigation […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments on FDA’s Proposed Traceability Requirements

Today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance filed comments with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the agency’s new proposed regulations regarding traceability obligations for all shrimp and other select food products, imported and domestic, sold in the U.S. market. These comments requested that the FDA (1) amend the regulations to provide a specific […]

Task Force Report on Human Trafficking in Seafood Supply Chains Emphasizes Need to Leverage Access to the U.S. Market to Reduce Forced Labor

Last month, the Task Force on Human Trafficking in Fishing in International Waters released its report addressing labor that may have been subject to human trafficking to harvest fish in international waters. The Task Force’s report was mandated by a Senate Report accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-141) that directed the U.S. Department […]


On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the final results of the fourteenth administrative review of the antidumping duty order on frozen warmwater shrimp from People’s Republic of China, covering Chinese shrimp imported into the United States between February 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019. As part of its final results, Commerce determined […]

SSA’s John Williams Asks Shrimp Industry to Please Complete NOAA Covid-19 Impacts Survey

NOAA is conducting a survey to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our nation’s commercial and for-hire fishing operations and seafood dealers/processors.This nationwide survey will be used to inform NOAA, the Department of Commerce, Congress, fishery managers and stakeholders about the economic and social impacts the pandemic has had on the fishing industry. […]

President Trump Signs New Coronavirus Assistance Bill

Today, the President signed into law the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act”. Among other things, this legislation provides an additional $310 billion for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue loans and loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It is unclear when the SBA will resume accepting or processing PPP […]