Attention seafood importers - NOAA/NMFS Seafood Import Monitoring Program (the SIMP) now in effect. Commerce Trusted Trader Program (CTTP) in public comment period.
Through the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), NOAA/NMFS have identified seafood species most “at-risk” for IUU fishing and fraud, and have developed an electronic traceability program to track these “priority” species from point of harvest to entry into U.S. commerce. The final rule became effective on January 9, 2017, with a compliance date of January 1, 2018 for most priority species.
More recently, NOAA/NMFS proposed a voluntary Commerce Trusted Trader Program (CTTP). The CTTP is intended to lessen the administrative burden of SIMP for companies willing to undergo third party traceability audits. Companies that are already certified for MSC Chain of Custody or similar certification may find these audits to be the simplest way to comply with the SIMP. MRAG Americas is ASI accredited and therefore qualified to provide CTTP auditing services. We are monitoring the progress of the proposed rule. Check back here for updates and/or contact us for more details on how we can help you.
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Providing public and private clients with professional services to support responsible, rational and sustainable use of aquatic resources.
MRAG Americas is a private consulting and auditing company focused on activities that support the conservation of marine and freshwater ecosystems through responsible, rational and sustainable use of fish and other aquatic resources. Our work is spread over four Client Service Divisions: the Fisheries Technical Division; the Fisheries Certification Division; the Seafood Sourcing Division; and the Fisheries Monitoring Division.
Fisheries Technical Division
Fisheries Technical Division projects focus on applying established and novel scientific methods to support the sustainable management of fisheries and effectively communicate science to varied audiences.
Fishery Certification Division
Our Fishery Certification Division undertakes independent audits of commercial fisheries against sustainability standards, including the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The Division also conducts Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), designed to improve managed fisheries for a sustainable future and other projects related to fisheries certification and ratings.
Seafood Sourcing Division
In the Seafood Sourcing Division we conduct individualized, independent assessments of supply chain risks and sustainability, including traceability exercises and MSC and ASC Chain of Custody certifications; this is evidence-based work to support informed seafood sourcing choices by businesses and consumers.
Fisheries Monitoring Division
Observer programs and Electronic Monitoring and Electronic Reporting (EM/ER) are integral to the sustainable management of many key fishery resources. MRAG manages these programs globally to collect essential data on commercial fishing activities.
Our ability to service an extensive array of resource management needs is further extended through our network of collaborations with internationally acclaimed experts from academic institutions and other private organizations worldwide.
MRAG scientists are highly published in peer-reviewed journals and symposium proceedings, have presented invited papers at international meetings, and write large scale reports for governments and NGOs.