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International Development

Because fish and other marine wildlife cross national boundaries, the United States shares living marine resources with other countries. The way other countries manage these shared marine resources can therefore directly affect the status of fish stocks and protected or endangered species of importance to the United States. For this reason, successful fisheries management and conservation practices can only be achieved through international cooperation and collaboration.

The United States now imports over 90% of our seafood. Fishermen in the United States are subject to strong and effective conservation and management measures, which may be missing in countries from which we import fisheries products. The United States has the responsibility to ensure that the fish we consume comes from sustainable, legal sources.

NOAA Fisheries has the authority to engage in international cooperation and development activities with other countries in order to implement the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Our international development work builds strategic partnerships with other nations, particularly with developing countries, to promote sustainable and responsible management of fisheries and other relevant marine resources at the national, regional, and global levels. For questions about ongoing international development projects, please contact Chris Rogers (