Resources: Seafood Import Monitoring Program 

NOAA Fisheries has provided various resource materials and hosted several public meetings to assist stakeholders in complying with the final rule establishing the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).

January 1, 2018 is the date for mandatory compliance to the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). SIMP establishes for imports of certain seafood products, the reporting and recordkeeping requirements needed to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)-caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering U.S. commerce, thereby providing additional protections for our national economy, global food security and the sustainability of our shared ocean resources. 

Resource Materials

Learn more about the Seafood Import Monitoring Program

Harmonized Tariff Schedule Code List  (Excel download)

Mandatory Full Message Set Species - 3 Alpha Codes (Excel download)

Model Forms (PDF)

Aggregated Catch Certificate, also in SpanishFrenchIndonesianJapaneseMandarin ChinesePortugueseRussianTagalogVietnamese

Catch Certificate, also in SpanishFrenchIndonesianJapaneseMandarin ChinesePortugueseRussianTagalogVietnameseThai


Guide to Audit Requirements for SIMP (pdf)

Implementation Guide (PGA Message Set Implementation Guidelines)

Compliance Guide (FAQ's):  also in SpanishFrench, JapaneseIndonesianMandarin ChinesePortugueseRussianTagalogThaiVietnamese

Fact Sheet: also in SpanishFrench, JapaneseIndonesianMandarin ChinesePortugueseRussianTagalogThaiVietnamese

Seafood Import Monitoring Program 101

Presentation: also in SpanishFrenchIndonesianJapaneseMandarin ChinesePortugueseRussianTagalog, Vietnamese

Federal Register Notices

Final Rule to Implement a Seafood Import Monitoring Program

Proposed Rule to Implement a Seafood Import Monitoring Program

Development of a Commerce Trusted Trader Program

 NOTE: Translations of any materials into languages other than English are intended solely as a convenience to the non-English-reading public. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material in English, but due to the nuances in translating to a foreign language, slight differences may exist. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contain in these materials, please refer to the English version of the website.


Public Meetings:

NOAA Fisheries continues to engage with the seafood industry about SIMP through a series of public meetings and webinars. Below are transcripts and recordings of public meetings from 2016 to present:

To receive the latest updates about the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, please send a request to: