Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) submitted a report identifying 10 nations whose fishing vessels were involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in 2011 or 2012.
“NOAA’s international fisheries work is critical to the economic viability of U.S. fishing communities and the protection of U.S. jobs,” said Russell Smith, NOAA deputy assistant secretary for international fisheries. “This is about leveling the playing field for fishermen around the world, and IUU fishing represents one of the biggest threats to the U.S. fishing industry. Seafood is a global business, and U.S. fishermen following the rules should not have to compete with those using illegal or unsustainable fishing practices.”
The nations include:
- The Republic of Korea
The U.S. will consult with each of the 10 nations to help encourage them to address the issues of IUU fishing and bycatch. If the nations ignore this report and do not take any positive action, the fishing vessels may be denied into the U.S. and their fish may be prohibited from being imported.
“As one of the largest importers of seafood in the world, the United States has a global responsibility and an economic duty to ensure the fish we import is caught sustainably and legally,” said Sam Rauch, deputy assistant administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service. “We look forward to working with these nations to encourage their compliance, and we will continue to work with our partners to detect and combat illegal practices.”
To learn more:
- Read the news release: NOAA to work with 10 nations to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and stem the bycatch of protected species
- Read the full report: Improving International Fisheries Management
- Find out how the EU handles IUU fishing: Combating IUU Fishing in the EU
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