National Fisherman


A USD 3 million fund will be granted to collect anti-dumping duties from countries that illegally dump shrimp, crawfish and other seafood into US markets. This was announced by the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senator Mary L. Landrieu.

The senator explained this sum is part of the bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for FY15 and also requires Customs and Border Protection to work with the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Treasury to increase collection of anti-dumping and countervailing duties for unfairly traded imports, including shrimp and crawfish meat from China.

"Foreign governments continue to unfairly spend hundreds of millions of dollars to dump underpriced shrimp into the United States and put our shrimpers, crawfishermen and seafood producers at an unfair disadvantage. This funding will beef up our efforts to punish those who cheat the market and our seafood producers," pointed out Landrieu.

And the senator added: "I will continue to use this committee to protect these jobs, a time-honored way of life, and the thousands of shrimpers who call the Gulf Coast home."

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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