US Problems New Requirements for Seafood Sourced Abroad

Exporters of seafood to the US were advised to abide by the new requirements of the United States under its Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) start this year. The SIMP develops for imports of specific seafood items, the reporting and recordkeeping requirements had to avoid unlawful, unreported and uncontrolled (IUU)- captured and/or misrepresented seafood from getting in US commerce, supplying extra defenses for their national economy, international food security and the sustainability of their share-ocean resources.

The new guideline becomes part of a wider seafood traceability program that covers both imports and US domestic production. Comparable info concerning harvest, landing, and chain of custody of US-produced seafood is being gathered pursuant to different other federal and state requirements.

Aside from abalone and shrimp, the other seafood types covered by the new guideline reliable on January 1 this year consist of Atlantic cod, Atlantic blue crab, dolphinfish (mahi-mahi), grouper, King crab (red), Pacufc cod, red snaoper, sea cucumber, sharks, swordfish and tuna (albacore, bigeye, skipjack, yellowfin and bluefin).

The compliance date for shrimp and abalone is phased in later.

Over the previous year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other US federal government firms have supplied info to exporting nations through webinars, composed products, and in-person technical conferences. NOAA will continue to deal with manufacturers, processors, exporters, and importers to support and impose compliance.

The SIMP develops allowing, information reporting and recordkeeping requirements for the importation of particular top priority fish and fish items that have actually been recognized as being especially susceptible to IUU fishing and/or seafood scams.

Traceability procedures like the ones SIMP develops are a worldwide accepted method for combating IUU fishing and seafood scams and will help assist in legal trade for obedient fishers and seafood manufacturers in the US and abroad. Traceability can considerably enhance details about harvesting levels that can be used to reinforce sustainable fisheries management.