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Welcome to the Office of International Affairs

  • Fighting for Global Sustainable Fisheries

    Sept 17: Pacific countries work together to promote sustainable fisheries and address illegal fishing in the Coral Triangle - a global epicenter of marine biodiversity. Read More . . .

  • Science Confirms Swordfish Abundance

    Oct 31: A new 2013 international stock assessment confirms North Atlantic Swordfish remains sustainable; resulting in higher catch levels in U.S. waters. Read More . . .

  • 2013 ICCAT Meeting Concludes

    Nov 26: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded its annual meeting yesterday after adopting several new measures that will support the sustainable management of key species. Read More . . .

  • Obama Announces Key ICCAT Post

    Dec 16: President Obama has announced his intent to appoint Eugenio PiƱeiro-Soler as U.S. Commercial Commissioner to The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Read More . . .

  • Working Toward Sustainable Trade

    Jan 27: Latin American and Caribbean nations gathered last month in Brazil to participate in a regional workshop focused on implementing new international shark conservation measures. 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

07/31/14: Seeking public comment on Presidential Task Force on combating IUU fishing and seafood fraud (deadline September 2, 2014)

07/15/14: U.S. Government requests public input for species that may need protection under CITES (deadline August 26, 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)