Obama Administration Publishes Final Rule on IUU and Seafood Fraud; Shrimp Implementation Delayed
SSEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Dec 9, 2016
NOAA Fisheries released the final rule establishing the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) yesterday, December 8th. The Program establishes the reporting and recordkeeping requirements needed to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)-caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering U.S. commerce for 13 species of fish.
The reporting requirements will become effective on Jan 1, 2018 with the exception of shrimp and abalone. NOAA will not announce a date for shrimp to be under the reporting requirements until a parallel program is in place for both shrimp and abalone which are grown in the US.
The effort started in 2014 when the first Presidential task force to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud representing 12 federal agencies was established. The Task Force was reorganized into the current standing Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud...
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