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Fishery Products Inspection And Certification

Program Descriptions

Program Number

11.413

Title

Fishery Products Inspection And Certification

 

Federal Agency

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 

Authorization

Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, Public Law 79-733, 7 U.S.C. 1624-1627; Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended, Public Law 84-1024, 16 U.S.C. 742(a)-742(j); Reorganization Plan No. 4, 1970.

 

Status

Active

 

Objectives

To ensure that the hygienic aspects of seafood harvesting and processing operations meet the minimum public health requirements and to determine and certify the identity, condition, and distributing quality, and quantity of seafood products.

 

Types of Assistance

Provision of Specialized Services.

 

Uses and Use Restrictions

The voluntary inspection, grading and certification of seafood is made at the processing plant, or at other locations depending upon the inspection services desired. Funds are derived from fees charged for the services provided.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any individual, Federal, State, county, or municipal agencies, or carrier having a financial interest in the commodity.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must stipulate that they have a financial interest in the product. Applicants for in-plant inspection service must furnish a surety bond or other guarantee of payment. Applicants for other types of services may be required to furnish a surety bond or make payment prior to the receipt of services.

 

Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Applicants for in-plant inspection services must do so in writing to the nearest regional inspection office. Requests for other types of services may be made orally or in writing to the Regional Inspection Office.

Award Procedure

Not applicable.

Deadlines

None.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

 

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

 

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

None.

Audits

Not applicable.

Records

Not applicable.

 

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-1450-0-1-306.

Obligations

FY 07 $18,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

 

Program Accomplishments

As of December 2004, over 325 official establishments were under contract inspection. Over 175 of those contract establishments participate in the voluntary NMFS HACCP quality management program.

 

Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

50 CFR Chapter II, Parts 260 to 267; Inspection Services Brochure, USDC approved list of fish establishments and products, free. Also available on the Internet at http://seafood.nmfs.noaa.gov/ Service fees are established annually.

 

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Inspection Services Division, National Marine Fisheries Services, 1315 East- West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-2355. Toll free: (1-800) 422-2750.

Web Site Address

http://seafood.nmfs.noaa.gov

 

Related Programs

None.

 

Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.

 

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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