Fishery Products Inspection and Certification

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.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

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.

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.


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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

Not applicable.




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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements




Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



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

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

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 Service fees are established annually.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


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.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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