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United States and Japan Sign Joint Statement on Addressing Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Fisheries Resources


Dr.  Kathyrn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, signing Joint Statement

The United States and Japan have released a joint statement agreeing to promote mutual cooperation in matters involving marine fisheries resources and their ecosystems; and in particular to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing both at global and regional levels. The statement, signed on December 17, 2015, by Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Mr. Kazuo Sato, Director General of the Fisheries Agency of Japan, marks a significant step in strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two nations. 

Both sides also committed to support initiatives that enhance understanding of the impact of ocean acidification and climate change on marine coastal ecosystems and resources and their mitigation.

View the statement.