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Proposed Rule for Seafood Traceability
NOAA Fisheries announces the proposed rule for the first phase of a U.S. seafood traceability program to combat IUU fish and fish products and seafood fraud from entering the U.S. seafood supply chain. Read More . . .
Moratorium Protection Act
NOAA Fisheries issues public notice to collect information on IUU fishing, bycatch, and sharks, pursuant to the Moratorium Protection Act. Read More . . .
Rule to Support Dolphin Safe Labeling
NOAA Fisheries published an interim final rule to implement regulations to enhance the requirements for documentation and captain training to support labels on tuna products that represent the product as “dolphin safe.” Read More . . .
Commerce Trusted Trader Program
NOAA Fisheries announces 60-day public comment period on a Commerce Trusted Trader Program - a component of the proposed US seafood traceability program. Read More . . .
New report finding that trade may be a threat to conservation of nautiluses, as United States submits proposal to list nautilus family in Appendix II of CITES. Read More . . .
What We Do
Fish swim beyond national boundaries.The Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection works
to promote international cooperation to achieve effective and responsible marine stewardship and ensure sustainable fisheries management. Learn more about our work ...
Latest News and Information:
07/20/16: NOAA Fisheries is accepting comments on a proposed rule to enhance and increase efficiency of the regulations that implement the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources' (CCAMLR) conservation measures by reorganizing its technical structure, streamlining and clarifying the rules, and updating provisions to reflect recent amendments to CCAMLR conservation measures. Comments will be accepted until August 22, 2016. View proposed rule here.
07/20/16: NOAA Fisheries has released the 2016 version of International Agreements, a publication featuring international agreements concerning living marine resources of interest to NOAA Fisheries. View here.
06/08/16: The Port State Measures Agreement entered into international force on June 5, 2016, marking a major milestone in the effort to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing as called for by the Presidential Task Force. In this article, NOAA Fisheries examines the Agreement, its anticipated impacts, and steps for implementation.
05/18/2016: Twenty-nine countries and the European Union have become party to the 2009 Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. With 30 parties now on board, the agreement will officially enter into force on on June 5, 2016.
05/03/16: NOAA Fisheries to host the third of three public webinars on the Commerce Trusted Trader Program on Monday, June 6, 2:30PM. Register/Join here.
05/02/16: United States to submit proposal to list Nautilus species in Appendix II of CITES, amid report finding that trade may be a threat to conservation of the species.
04/29/16: National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud's Recommendation 2 Working Group issues summary update on best practices in monitoring, control and surveillance measures to address IUU fishing at Regional Fishery Management Organizations.
04/28/16: NOAA Fisheries announces opening of public comment period on a Commerce Trusted Trader Program - a component of the proposed US seafood traceability program.
04/27/16: New study by TRAFFIC and World Wildlife Fund finds that trade may be a threat to the conservation of the chambered nautilus. The report calls on source and destination countries to take actions to reform harvest and trade controls to prevent the over exploitation and illegal harvest sale of nautilus. Learn more.
04/22/16: FishAdapt - a global conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture, cosponsored by NOAA Fisheries' Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, is requesting session proposal submissions for its 2016 conference (August 8-10, Thailand). Learn more.
03/22/16: NOAA Fisheries has published an interim final rule to implement regulations under the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act to enhance the requirements for documentation and captain training to support labels on tuna products that represent the product as “dolphin safe." Learn more.
03/14/16: NOAA Fisheries hosted a public webinar on information collection requirements for identifying nations whose vessels are engaged in IUU fishing, bycatch, and fishing activities that catch sharks, and recent amendments to the Moratorium Protection Act on April 22, 2016.
03/11/16: NOAA Fisheries hosted a third public webinar on the proposed rule for a U.S. seafood traceability program on March 18, 2016.
03/07/16: NOAA Fisheries hosted a public meeting on the proposed rule for a U.S. seafood traceability program on March 7, 2016 at the Seafood Expo N. America in Boston, Mass.
03/01/16: NOAA's Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries, Russell Smith, gives testimony at US House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Ocean's Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4576, "Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act."
02/04/16: NOAA Fisheries announces the proposed rule for the first phase of a U.S. seafood traceability program to combat IUU fish and fish products and seafood fraud from entering the U.S. seafood supply chain.
01/20/16: Five Things Importers and Exporters of Fisheries Products Need to Know About CBP and NMFS Filing Process Changes in 2016.
01/13/16: NOAA Fisheries hosted public webinars on the "Proposed Rule for Electronic Reporting of Trade Data" on January 26 and 27, 2016.