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National Seafood Inspection Laboratory (NSIL)

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The National Seafood Inspection Laboratory (NSIL) was established as the Regional Pascagoula Technology Station in 1957 and was reorganized in 1974 to scientifically support the Department of Commerce National Seafood Inspection Program. As a result of an Agency reorganization in 1996, NSIL adapted its food safety risk analysis expertise to support specific fishery management and data collection programs of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries in the Headquarters Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

NSIL supplies seafood and aquatic animal health information and data to:

  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/OSF
  • Other Federal Agencies
  • State Agencies
  • Academia
  • Industry
  • Media
  • Consumers
  • Other Stakeholders

The mission of the National Seafood Inspection Laboratory is to provide analytical laboratory, data management, Regulatory Compliance Risk Analysis, and Technology Transfer expertise to meet the Office of Sustainable Fisheries (OSF) fishery management and seafood safety responsibilities.

Established as the Regional Pascagoula Technology Station in 1957, NSIL was reorganized in 1974 to scientifically support the Department of Commerce National Seafood Inspection Program. As a result of an Agency reorganization in 1996, NSIL adapted its food safety risk analysis expertise to support specific fishery management and data collection programs of the OSF in the headquarters of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The following links will take you to brochures describing the various programs of the NSIL.

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