NOAA proposes farmed shrimp and abalone traceability programme regulation
Farmed abalone. (Photo: NOAA)
(UNITED STATES, 10/12/2018)
NOAA Fisheries has issued a proposed regulation to implement the first-ever traceability program for US farmed shrimp and abalone and has opened a public comment period to receive opinions on the regulation.
The regulation establishes comparable reporting requirements to those required for imported seafood products under the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).
It must be noted that Congress directed the Secretary of Commerce to establish a domestic traceability program for US aquaculture of shrimp and abalone from point of production to entry into US commerce, by December 31, 2018.
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 ...