United States Traceability Rule – Seafood Import Monitoring Program

In response to illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries issues around the world, the United States developed a seafood traceability program.  In late 2016, NOAA Fisheries released the final rule establishing the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). The Program establishes, for imports of certain seafood products, the reporting and recordkeeping requirements needed to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)-caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering U.S. commerce, thereby providing additional protections for their national economy, global food security and the sustainability of shared ocean resources. This is the first-phase of a risk-based traceability program—requiring the importer of record to provide and report key data—from the point of harvest to the point of entry into U.S. commerce—on an initial list of imported fish and fish products identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and/or seafood fraud.  The program will begin with a short list of priority species but it is fully expected that all seafood species will be involved with the SIMP program in due time. 

LIST OF PRIORITY SPECIES

  • Abalone *
  • Atlantic Cod
  • Blue Crab (Atlantic)
  • Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper
  • King Crab (red)
  • Pacific Cod
  • Red Snapper
  • Sea Cucumber
  • Sharks
  • Shrimp *
  • Swordfish
  • Tunas: Albacore, Bigeye, Skipjack, Yellowfin, and Bluefin

The LCC is working with stakeholders to provide feedback as this program is developed and to communicate the timing and specifics of the SIMP to LCC members.