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  • Species At-Risk of IUU Fishing Identified

    October 29, 2015: The National Ocean Council Committee on IUU fishing and Seafood Fraud has published its final list of principals for determining species “at risk” of IUU fishing and seafood fraud, as well as a final list of “at risk” species. Read More . . .

  • President Signs Key IUU Legislation

    Nov. 9, 2015: President Obama signed bi-partisan legislation on November 5, 2015, that includes a number of provisions preventing illegally harvested fish from entering the United States, and supports efforts to achieve sustainable fisheries around the world. Read More . . .

  • 2015 Annual ICCAT Meeting

    Nov. 17, 2015: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) just concluded its 2015 annual meeting where the U.S. promoted sustainability across the board, including greater protection for the smallest bigeye tunas. Read More . . .

  • NOAA to Streamline Reporting of Trade Data

    Dec. 28, 2015: NOAA Fisheries has issued a proposed rule that will transition the agency's trade monitoring programs to a fully electronic process in 2016. Read More . . .

  • Proposed Rule for Seafood Traceability

    February 4, 2016: 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 . . .

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

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Announcements and Reports

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 

02/03/16: The Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection will host a 3rd public webinar on the "Proposed Rule for Electronic Reporting of Trade Data" on February 17, 2016 at 3:00PM EST.

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: The Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection hosted public webinars on the "Proposed Rule for Electronic Reporting of Trade Data" on January 26 and 27, 2016 at 3:00PM EST. 

12/29/15: U.S.-Japan Sign Joint Statement on Addressing Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Fisheries Resources

12/28/15: NOAA Fisheries publishes proposed rule for electronic reporting of trade data utilizing the International Trade Data System

12/09/15: NOAA Fisheries announces Federal Funding Opportunity for special projects and programs associated with the Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection. Click here for past projects.

10/15/15: NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to improve the administration of the High Seas Fishing Compliance Act

06/22/15: NOAA Fisheries creates trade portal for importing and exporting seafood commodities

06/11/15: Italy no longer identified as a large-scale high seas driftnet nation 

06/05/15: Countries convene for 32nd Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO)

04/30/15: Administration seeks input on 'at risk' species as part of its Action Plan on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

04/22/15: Report to Congress highlights U.S. action taken on foreign large-scale high seas driftnet fishing

04/13/15: NOAA Fisheries publishes proposed rule to improve the administration of the High Seas Fishing Compliance Act

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