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

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 is 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.” 

The Task Force wants to hear your feedback and ideas

The Task Force is initiating a public engagement process aimed at gaining broad input and expertise from key stakeholders and interest groups to inform and advise them in developing recommendations in compliance with the Memorandum. The Task Force is seeking comments on topics of particular interest. These can be accessed through the Federal Register Notice. A pdf version is available here. We hope you can participate in one of the following ways:

Public Comments Requested: The public comment period began July 31, 2014 and closed on September 2, 2014. Comments can be viewed online by going directly to

Public Meetings with Task Force:

  • 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, D.C. Transcript

                   *Presentation provided at all four public meetings

For questions, please contact Laurel Bryant (