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Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud

The Task Force has released its recommendations and wants your feedback on implementation.

The “recommendations for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need” have now been provided to the President through the National Ocean Council. The Task Force is requesting comments from key stakeholders and interest groups to advise on how to implement these recommendations. Some recommendations include prompting questions to help elicit feedback. However, the Task Force is interested in suggestions and guidance on implementation strategies and priorities for all recommendations. The recommendations can be accessed through the Federal Register Notice and a PDF of the recommendations can be found here.

The public comment period will begin on December 18, 2014 and will close on January 20, 2015.

Background:

On June 17, 2014, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum entitled “Establishing a Comprehensive Framework to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud.” Among other actions the Memorandum established a Presidential Task Force, co-chaired by the Departments of State and Commerce and made up of a broad range of other federal agencies. The Task Force was directed to report to the President within six months with “recommendations for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need.” 

In August, the Task Force is initiated a public engagement process aimed at gaining broad input and expertise from key stakeholders and interest groups to inform and advise them on the development of recommendations in compliance with the Memorandum. The Task Force sought comments on topics of particular interest. The public comment period began July 31, 2014 and closed on September 2, 2014. Comments can be viewed online by going directly to Regulations.gov and a pdf version of the FR Notice is available here.

The public engagement process also included 4 public meetings with Task Force representatives. Transcripts of these meetings (2 conference calls and 2 in-person meetings) can be accessed below. The presentation provided at all four public meetings can be accessed here.

  • August 13, 2014 - Conference Call: Transcript
  • August 20, 2014 - In-Person Meeting, Seattle, Washington: Transcript
  • August 27, 2014 - Conference Call: Transcript
  • August 28, 2014 - In-Person Meeting, Washington, DC: Transcript


For questions, please contact Laurel Bryant (laurel.bryant@noaa.gov)