Coast Guard Licensing and Federal Laws

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The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for Farmers delivered technical assistance to producers of agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been adversely affected by import competition. The TAA program delivered training to nearly 10,000 producers of Catfish, Asparagus, Maine Wild Blueberries, as well as Shrimp and Lobster fishermen.

New Laws and Issues

You can view any of the free online training courses developed for the TAA program. TAA participants also completed business adjustment plans using AgPlan (, the online business plan writing app; or AgTransitions (, an online transition planning app. Since the end of TAA the AgPlan development team has developed a fishing specific software call FishBizPlan (

Unfortunately, this program has ended because federal funding for the program was cut. If you have questions related to TAA for Farmers, please contact the Center for Farm Financial Management at

Section Image There are some new federal laws and issues on the near horizon that shrimpers need to pay close attention to because they have a very good chance of affecting your operations. You have a chance now to voice your opinion on these issues, but first you need to be familiar with the potential impacts to your business. We will give you a good overview of the new National Ocean Policy with emphasis on the spatial planning provisions. We will also discuss offshore aquaculture, focusing on what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico because that has been sort of a test case with future implications for other regions. Finally, we will cover the whole issue of "catch shares" which is a term you may have heard about, but if not, is certainly one you need to become familiar with.

  •   National Ocean Policy
      Offshore Aquaculture
      Catch Shares