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U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program to Include Shrimp and Abalone by December 31

April 23, 2018

By December 31, 2018, it will be mandatory for foreign shrimp products to be accompanied by harvest and landing data for shrimp and abalone imports entering the U.S.


NOAA has lifted its stay on shrimp and abalone in the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program – known as SIMP.  As required by Congress -- by December 31, 2018, it will be mandatory for foreign shrimp products to be accompanied by harvest and landing data and for importers to maintain chain of custody records for shrimp and abalone imports entering the U.S. The inclusion of shrimp – the largest US seafood import- and abalone in SIMP nearly doubles the volume and value of imported fish and fish products subject to its requirements, further leveling the playing field for U.S. fishermen, aquaculture producers, and seafood producers around the world who play by the rules.

The United States is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood - both wild-caught and farmed. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud, including misrepresented seafood products, jeopardize the health of fish stocks, distort legal markets, negatively impact consumer confidence, and unfairly compete with the products of law-abiding fishermen, aquaculture producers and seafood producers.

In December 2016, SIMP established permitting, data reporting, and recordkeeping requirements for the import of thirteen priority species of fish and fish products entering U.S. commerce identified as being especially vulnerable to IUU fishing and/or seafood fraud. SIMP facilitates better data collection and retention, sharing, and analysis among relevant regulators and enforcement authorities for imported seafood—marking a significant step forward in combatting IUU fishing and seafood fraud.

Mandatory compliance for eleven of the species covered under SIMP began on January 1, 2018. Shrimp and abalone compliance will be effective on December 31, 2018. Learn more here.

In the 2018 budget law, Congress directed the Secretary of Commerce to lift the stay on shrimp and abalone and to establish a comparable traceability program for domestic aquaculture  – providing the mandate and the mechanism to both lift the stay and address the gap between traceability requirements for domestic aquaculture and the SIMP requirements.

NOAA and its U.S. Government partner agencies will continue to work with U.S. fishermen, aquaculture producers, foreign trading partners, and the international fishing community to support clarity and understanding of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program’s requirements and support an orderly and timely implementation of these initiatives.  Additional implementation developments and opportunities for industry engagement will follow.


Understanding Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

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Last updated by Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce on December 26, 2018