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—Coming Fall 2022

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Discussion will touch on opportunities and solutions for data collection, verification, and standardization of data to support the functionality of SIMP

Capacity Building—Coming Spring 2023

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Discussion will center on continued international governmental and private-sector outreach, trainings and updated guidance for importers and their suppliers, clarity around audits, etc.

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