NOAA’s New IUU Report Demonstrates that Import Measures Are Needed

On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a report required by Congress, Improving International Fisheries Management (Aug. 2023). As part of the agency’s obligations under the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act, NOAA prepares and publishes a biennial report identifying nations that are engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This year’s report is the […]

Shrimp Landings at Record Levels in Alabama, But Down in Louisiana and Texas in 1Q2023

Last Wednesday, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released preliminary shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic for March 2023.  Since July of 2021, NOAA has substantially revised its reporting of monthly landings to replace preliminarily reported figures with final, corrected amounts. Because these […]

NOAA Releases November 2022 Shrimp Landings Data Showing Rebound in Louisiana and Decline in Texas

Yesterday, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released preliminary shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic for November 2022. As with the agency’s reporting since July of last year, the numbers released by NOAA include substantial revisions, with reporting […]

NOAA’s Landings Data Shows Rebound Year for Louisiana Shrimp Fishery in 2022

Yesterday, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released preliminary shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic for October 2022. As with the agency’s reporting since July of last year, the numbers released by NOAA for landings in the Gulf […]

Combatting International Deforestation Requires Addressing the Destruction of Mangroves by Foreign Shrimp Farming

In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of State, the Southern Shrimp Alliance argued that any effort to develop a strategy for combating international deforestation must address the continuing devastation of mangrove forests around the world caused by shrimp farms. The Southern Shrimp Alliance’s comments were submitted in response to the State Department’s request for […]

BOEM Announces Designation of Two Wind Energy Areas in the Gulf of Mexico that Reflect Input and Views of the Commercial Shrimp Industry

On October 31, 2022, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its final designation of two Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the Gulf of Mexico, located off the coast of Galveston, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana.  In selecting these sites, BOEM collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and chose areas that “have […]

June Shrimp Landings Data Show Dockside Price Decline

Yesterday, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released preliminary shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for June 2022. In addition, NOAA continued its release of preliminary shrimp landings data from the South Atlantic, a practice begun in March 2022. As with the agency’s […]

Southern Shrimp Alliance Weighs-In on Offshore Wind Energy in the Gulf

Today the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) filed comments with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in response to their request for input regarding potential commercial wind energy leasing on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). https://shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/SSA-Comments-on-BOEM-RFI-GOM-Wind-f-7-26-21.pdf The purpose is for BOEM to determine whether to begin leasing to wind energy companies any […]