Sharing Private Sector Experiences with SIMP

Common Ground

Since 2018, FishWise has solicited feedback from seafood companies across supply chains on their experiences with the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). SIMP is the United States flagship import regulation currently covering 13 seafood species groups to detect and deter the import of fraudulent or illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) seafood products. FishWise’s work on SIMP aims to dig deeper than the typical talking points and identify where stakeholders align in asking for specific changes to the program. The results of our outreach are outlined in the reports below.

REPORTS

FishWise believes that the seafood industry can act as a powerful catalyst for change and that their perspectives are critical for ambitious and achievable regulatory processes. Through extensive private-sector outreach, we have identified a set of recommendations for strengthening SIMP implementation that reflect the considerable common ground between the seafood industry and NGOs. From here, our work will center on building collaborations and supporting industry advocacy.

 

COMMON GROUND WORKSHOPS

In the coming months, FishWise will convene a series of dialogues with SIMP stakeholders to discuss further needs and proposed data and capacity-building solutions to support SIMP compliance.

Data Roundtable #1

October 24th, 2022, 12-2 pm ET
Registration is closed
FishWise will be holding its first of four Common Ground Roundtables with a mix of U.S. customs brokers and participating government agencies centered around the program's data collection, reporting, and implications for the cost of compliance. This roundtable aims to build on FishWise's extensive research and start identifying solutions to SIMP data reporting challenges and how those solutions can positively impact the cost of SIMP compliance.

Capacity Building Roundtable #2

November 9th, 2022, 1-3 pm ET
Registration deadline is November 2nd, 2022
FishWise will be holding its second of four Common Ground Roundtables with a mix of U.S. importers of record and participating government agencies centered around the program's data collection, reporting, and implications for the cost of compliance. This roundtable aims to build on FishWise's extensive research and start identifying solutions to SIMP data reporting challenges and how those solutions can positively impact the cost of SIMP compliance.

Data Roundtable #3—Coming Spring 2023

More details to come
Discussion will center on training and updated guidance for importers and their suppliers, clarity around audits, and more

Capacity Building Roundtable #4—Coming Spring 2023

More details to come
Discussion will center on continued international governmental and private-sector outreach

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