Bipartisan group of US senators have requested for shrimp to be included in the new legislation aimed at improving transparency and traceability of seafood imports.
Under the SIMP legislation (Seafood Import Monitoring Program), which entered into force on 1st January 2018 for 11 of the 13 identified priority species, importers must always record the type, origin and when and how the seafood has been cought. For shrimp it wasnt necessary to follow these rules.
But only until the domestic shrimp industry had to begin to have complete records and labelling.
Domestic industry then requested to get shrimp import under control as well.
The goal is reduce the amount of illegally caught or mislabeled seafood which are being imported in to USA.