US Restrictions Continue To Hit Exports Of Wild-Caught Shrimps
US Restrictions Continue To Hit Exports Of Wild-Caught Shrimps
Allegations of lack of turtle-excluding devices in fishing nets behind ban
V Sajeev Kumar

The US restrictions on wild-caught shrimps from India will continue for the time being, as the US Department of State has again denied permission for the entry of the harvested seafood variety in that market.

The decision comes in the wake of the recent inspection by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the US Department of State to assess the wild-caught shrimp harvesting systems in India.

The US had temporarily disallowed imports of wild-caught shrimps following reports of the absence of turtle-excluding devices in the fishing nets. However, the NMFS has clarified that aquaculture (farm-raised) shrimp harvested in India is eligible to enter the US market.

India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has already contested the observations of the NMFS team and placed its plea before the Commerce Ministry for further action, sources in the sector said.

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November 27, 2019