Seafood Traceability Program
NOAA Fisheries to establish first-ever traceability program for U.S. aquacultured (farmed) shrimp and abalone
NOAA Fisheries has issued a proposed regulation to implement the first-ever traceability program for U.S. aquacultured (farmed) shrimp and abalone—establishing comparable reporting requirements to those required for imported seafood products under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).
Congress directed the Secretary of Commerce to establish a domestic traceability program for U.S. aquaculture of shrimp and abalone from point of production to entry into U.S. commerce, by December 31, 2018.
NOAA Fisheries is committed to working closely with U.S. aquaculture producers to develop a program that provides the necessary comparable data, while reducing stakeholders’ compliance burden to the maximum extent practicable.
About the Traceability Information Program for Seafood
This proposed regulation establishes the domestic counterpart to the traceability requirements for imported seafood under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP)—a necessary step to allow imports of the comparable product to be subject to U.S. seafood traceability requirements under SIMP.
SIMP and the traceability system it established facilitates better data collection and retention, sharing, and analysis among relevant regulators and enforcement authorities for imported seafood—marking a significant step forward for addressing illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud.
Compliance with SIMP requirements started on January 1, 2018; however the effective date of compliance with respect to shrimp (the largest U.S. seafood import) and abalone was stayed until a comparable traceability program for domestic aquaculture could be established.
Establishing comparable requirements for domestic aquacultured shrimp and abalone allows imports of shrimp and abalone to be subject to SIMP requirements— further leveling the playing field for U.S. fishermen, aquaculture producers, and seafood producers who play by the rules.
Public Comments on the Proposed Regulation
NOAA Fisheries is currently accepting public comments on the proposed regulation to implement a traceability program for U.S. aquacultured (farmed) shrimp and abalone.
Comments are due by: November 26, 2018.
NOAA Fisheries recently held two webinar about the proposed regulation to implement the Traceability Information Program for Seafood. View transcripts below: