Presidential Task Force releases IUU action plan

17 Mar 2015
The Presidential Task Force has released its action plan

The Presidential Task Force has released its action plan

The Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud has released its action plan.

The plan confirms the aggressive steps that federal agencies will take both domestically and internationally to implement the recommendations the Task Force made in December 2014. 

The plan identifies actions that will strengthen enforcement, create and expand partnerships with state and local governments, industry, and non-governmental organisations, and create a risk-based traceability program to track seafood from harvest to entry into US commerce.

The plan also highlights ways in which the United States will work with foreign partners to strengthen international governance, enhance cooperation, and build capacity to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. This includes the Administration’s work to secure historic and enforceable environmental provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement that includes countries that together account for approximately one-quarter of global marine catch and global seafood exports.

“The Obama Administration is committed to working to ensure that America’s fishing industry remains the heart and soul of coastal communities across the country,” said US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews. “The steps the United States has taken to be a leader in environmental stewardship are paying off. However, our nation's fisheries remain threatened by illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud, which negatively affects our markets. The Task Force’s new strategic plan will aggressively implement recommendations to guarantee that US fishing fleets remain competitive in the global economy.”

According to NOAA, in 2013, US fishermen landed 9.9bn pounds of fish and shellfish worth $5.5bn. Globally, IUU fishing causes significant economic losses, fuelling trafficking operations while undermining economic opportunities for US fishermen and others engaged in legal fishing.

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