First Quarter Report

Highlights of SSA’s work on behalf of the U.S. shrimp industry Table of Contents Legislative Initiatives Congress Funds ELB Program At SSA’s request, Senators Britt (R-AL), Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Kennedy (R-LA) and Rubio (R-FL) along with Representatives Graves (R-LA) and Letlow (R-LA) secured an additional $850,000 FY24 appropriation for NMFS to develop and implement in consultation […]

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 […]

August 2023 Newletter

The LESS Act Increases Usefulness of Duties to U.S. Shrimpers SSA helped draft a federal bill that, if passed, would generate funding in an amount equal to 70% of duties collected by the U.S. Treasury on dumped imported shrimp to: (1) fund increased FDA testing of shrimp imports for illegal antibiotics; (2) substantially increase USDA Section 32 […]

April 2023 Newsletter

Full text is below the image of the printed newsletter. The Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) helps prevent illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing products from reaching the U.S. market. In comments filed this month, SSA suggested ways to increase the enforceability of SIMP and implement a meaningful traceability program. We presented examples of loopholes […]


Please read the following notice which was sent to federal shrimp permit holders whose vessels are equipped with Electronic Logbooks (ELBs) for collecting shrimp fishing effort data. As the notice indicates, the automatic cellular transmission of data from vessels equipped with ELBs will cease on December 31, 2020.  You will no longer be charged the […]


Federal regulations require all SPGM permit holders that have been selected to participate in the cellular Electronic Logbook (cELB) Program to pay the monthly cellular transmission costs to the service provider: Wyless Connect. This is mandatory and the program provides data that is essential for the Gulf Shrimp fishery to continue to operate under Federal […]

Update on Electronic Logbook Reimbursement

Attached is a copy of the “new” cELB reimbursement template. Please note that NMFS will reimburse permit holders up to $200 for installation costs associated with installing the logbook on their vessel. Reimbursements will be made even if the permit holders did the installation themselves as long as they submitted either a company invoice or […]

Electronic Logbook Reimbursement

Please see the NOAA reimbursement letter  for the Gulf Shrimp Permit Holder for reimbursement for the cELB installation cost. Also attached is a generic invoice that can be used by selected permit holders to submit for the reimbursement. A subset of the 500 permit holders who established the data plan and properly deployed […]


In an April 8, 2014, letter to Mr. Douglas Boyd, Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, newly appointed NMFS Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eileen Sobeck confirmed two major breakthroughs on the agency’s handling of the ELB program that are a direct consequence of the persistent efforts of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) […]

ELB Cost Reimbursement

Every once in awhile, SSA is able to send out some good news to the industry and today is one of those days. Reading from the attached letter from Assistant Administrator of NOAA Fisheries, Eileen Sobeck to Douglass Boyd, Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, “to address the language in the FY […]