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Welcome to the Office of International Affairs

  • Sustainable Shark Trade in Spotlight

    Jan. 8: NOAA participated in a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) workshop to discuss the sustainable trade of CITES-listed sharks. Read More . . .

  • NOAA Releases Report on IUU Fishing

    Feb. 9: NOAA has released its 2015 Biennial Report to Congress highlighting U.S. findings and analyses of foreign illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities. Read More . . .

  • New Tool to Help in Fight against Lionfish

    Feb. 17: New web portal provides users with the latest information on the lionfish invasion in the Atlantic. Read More . . .

  • NOAA Keys In on Global Seafood Issues

    Mar 16: NOAA Fisheries has positioned itself to more fully engage in the ocean to plate global discussion through the merger of its Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection Program. Read More . . .

  • Presidential Task Force Releases Action Plan

    Mar 15: The action plan for implementing the Task Force Recommendations is now available. Read More . . .

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Fish swim beyond national boundaries.  We work to promote international cooperation to achieve effective and responsible marine stewardship and ensure sustainable fisheries management.  Read more...

Announcements and Reports

02/09/15: 2015 Biennial Report to Congress Identifying Nations for IUU Fishing
  - Report Highlights (PDF)
  - Link to Full Report (PDF)

09/17/14: U.S., Japan and Russian agree to work together on conservation measures for the Western gray whale

09/04/14: New shark and ray international trade measures go into effect September 14, 2014

05/23/14: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014
  - Report Highlights (PDF)
  - Link to Full Report

03/14/14: U.S. Signs Joint Statement on Addressing Fishing Vessel Overcapacity

03/12/13: Leveling the Playing Field: NOAA's Priorities to Combat IUU Fishing in 2013

01/11/13: 2013 Biennial Report to Congress Identifying Nations for IUU Fishing 
   - Report Highlights
   - Link to Full Report (PDF)