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International Provisions

Please note, this page provides a historical context and is no longer updated. For current information, visit the NOAA Fisheries Office of International Affairs.

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act (MSRA) paid an unprecedented level of attention to international fisheries. The overarching approach was a call for the Secretary of Commerce to work multilaterally through Regional Fishery Management Organizations and other organizations to address illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and bycatch of protected living marine resources. NOAA Fisheries was the implementing agency within the Department of Commerce for the authorities and responsibilities under the MSRA.

Implementation Highlights

Reports

January 2011 Report to Congress
In fulfillment of requirements under the international provisions of the MSRA, NOAA Fisheries prepared the second Biennial Report to Congress, which identifies nations whose fishing vessels were engaged in IUU fishing during 2009 and 2010.

January 2009 Report to Congress
On January 13, 2009, NOAA Fisheries submitted the first ever Report to Congress identifying nations whose fishing vessels were engaged in IUU fishing in 2007 or 2008. This report opened the way for consultations between the U.S. government and officials of each of the six nations to encourage them to take corrective action to stop IUU fishing by their vessels.

Rules and Notices

Proposed Rule to Implement the International Provisions of the Shark Conservation Act and Amend the Definition of IUU Fishing
On July 10, 2012, NOAA Fisheries published a proposed rule to implement the international provisions of the Shark Conservation Act of 2011 and amend the definition of IUU fishing. Read a summary of the proposed rule.

Federal Register Notice 2012-7718
On March 30, 2012, NOAA Fisheries requested information from the public that could assist in the identification of nations whose fishing vessels are engaged in IUU fishing or fishing practices that result in bycatch of protected living marine resources, and/or fishing in waters beyond any national jurisdiction that target or incidentally catch sharks.

Protected Living Marine Resources List
NOAA Fisheries compiled a list of protected living marine resources for purposes of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act, as amended by the international provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act
On January 12, 2011, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule to establish procedures for the identification and certification of nations whose vessels are engaged in IUU fishing or bycatch of protected living marine resources. The objectives were to ensure the sustainability of transboundary and shared fishery stocks and to enhance the conservation and recovery of protected living marine resources.

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