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International Work

  • 2015 Annual ICCAT Meeting Concludes - Nov 17: The 2015 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting included an unprecedented level of engagement from a broad range of parties to promote the sustainable management in ICCAT fisheries.
  • President Obama Signs IUU Legislation - Nov 10: President Obama signed bi-partisan legislation on November 5, 2015, that includes a number of provisions preventing illegally harvested fish from entering the United States, and supports efforts to achieve sustainable fisheries around the world.
  • Species At-Risk of IUU Fishing Identified - Oct 29: The National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing & Seafood Fraud has published its final list of principles for determining species "at-risk" of IUU and seafood fraud, as well as a final list of IUU species.
  • Proposed Rule Tackles International Bycatch - Aug 10: NOAA issues proposed rule to protect marine mammals in international fisheries. Comment period open until Nov. 9.
  • At Risk Species Named for Traceability Program - Jul 30: The National Ocean Council Committee on IUU fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOC Committee) is seeking comment on its draft list of principles for determining species “at risk” of IUU fishing and seafood fraud, as well as a draft list of “at risk” species.
  • Input Needed to Fight IUU Fishing, Seafood Fraud - Apr 30: To fight seafood fraud and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the Administration is seeking public input, now through June 8, on the principles to be used in determining fish species “at risk” of these illegal activities.
  • Presidential Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing - Mar 15: The action plan for implementing the Task Force Recommendations is now available.
  • NOAA Releases Report on IUU Fishing - Feb 9: NOAA has released its 2015 Biennial report to Congress highlighting U.S. findings and analyses of foreign illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.
  • Whale Sharks Receive International Protection - Dec 29: Whale sharks are among the world’s largest fish, and it is precisely their size that prompted restrictions to protect them from impacts associated with tuna fishing.
  • IUU Task Force Releases Recommendations - Dec 16: A Presidential Task Force has developed its recommendations to combat illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing and seafood fraud. The recommendations are available for review with a request for comment on implementation strategies.
  • In Search of a Living Fossil - Nov 5: Follow the journey of a scientist studying nautilus - one of the most ancient living creatures on Earth. Credit: Gregory Jeff Barord.
  • Shark Conservation, Science, and Management - Aug 9: A closer look at NOAA's role in shark conservation, management, and policy.
  • 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.
  • Obama Announces Key ICCAT Post - Dec 16: President Obama has announced his intent to appoint Eugenio Piñeiro-Soler as U.S. Commercial Commissioner to The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
  • 2013 ICCAT Meeting Concludes - Nov 26: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded its annual meeting after adopting several new measures that will support the sustainable management of key species.
  • Science Confirms Swordfish Abundance - Oct 31: A new 2013 international stock assessment confirms North Atlantic swordfish remains sustainable; resulting in a higher catch levels in U.S. waters.
  • Efforts to Support and Streamline Seafood Trade - Oct 28: NOAA Fisheries’ National Seafood Inspection Laboratory (NSIL) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, plays a critical role in streamlining seafood trade in and out of the United States. Find out how NOAA Fisheries supports seafood trade.
  • Fighting For Global Sustainable Fisheries - Sept 17: Pacific countries tackle illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and work to promote sustainable fisheries in the Coral Triangle region.
  • Uncovering the Mysteries of Nautilus - Jul 22: NOAA-funded research is better helping us understand nautilus; a mysterious creature that has been around for half a billion years.
  • The Journey of Atlantic Salmon - Jul 15: International research turns the spotlight on the ocean and its importance to the recovery and management of Atlantic salmon.
  • Seafood Trade Programs—Going Electronic - Jul 8: Trade programs for seafood will be going electronic, which will simplify trade and help to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated product from entering the U.S. market.
  • Ross Sea—An Ecological Treasure - Jul 1: Nations consider adoption of proposal to protect the Ross Sea, one of the most unique and biologically rich places on earth.
  • Sharks Win Protection at CITES - Mar 14: Countries voted to increase protection for five commercially-exploited species of sharks and manta rays. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry.
  • NOAA and INTERPOL Address Fisheries Crime - Feb 27: NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement has long partnered with international police organization INTERPOL and is excited to help INTERPOL launch Project SCALE, a new initiative to detect, combat and suppress fisheries crime worldwide.
  • Global Push for Shark and Ray Conservation - Feb 22: The United States is working with its global partners to advance important shark and ray conservation measures at this year's CITES meeting. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry.
  • U.S. and EU Share Vision to Tackle Illegal Fishing - Feb 13: The United States and European Union share a common vision for sustainable fisheries. Both governments are committed to continuing their joint effort to end IUU fishing.
  • NOAA Identifies Nations for IUU Fishing - Jan 11: To ensure the U.S. fishing industry isn’t undermined by unsustainable, illegal activities, NOAA submitted a report identifying 10 nations whose fishing vessels engaged in illegal unreported, and unregulated fishing in 2011 or 2012.
  • ICCAT Adopts Key Conservation Measures - Nov 20: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded its annual meeting with significant advances to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and support rebuilding of bluefin tuna and marlin stocks.
  • United States and Morocco Shake Hands - Nov 13: The U.S. signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Morocco that sets the stage for collaboration on ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management and sustainable marine aquaculture.
  • ICCAT Meeting to Conserve and Manage Key Species - Nov 13: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) starts its annual meeting in Agadir, Morocco to consider conservation measures for a variety of Atlantic marine species.
  • Working Together to End IUU Fishing - Nov 2: Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing threatens the sustainability of our ocean ecosystems and fisheries. Combating IUU fishing is one of NOAA Fisheries’ top priorities.
  • New Proposal to Protect Oceanic Whitetip Sharks - Oct 9: The United States co-sponsors a proposal to add oceanic whitetip sharks to Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
  • Sawfish—Cousins of the Shark - Aug 15: Sawfish have skeletons made of cartilage and shark-like bodies and gills. But during the past decade, these creatures have faced dramatic decline due to habitat loss and capture in fisheries.
  • Shark Conservation in Our Global Oceans - Aug 14: Through international cooperation and state-of-the art technology, NOAA Fisheries is conducting joint research with Uruguay’s fisheries agency that is critical to inform international conservation and management decisions for pelagic sharks.
  • Dive into the Deep End of Shark Conservation - Aug 13: A closer look at how NOAA Fisheries works to conserve and manage shark populations domestically and internationally.
  • NOAA Helps Indonesian Team Protect Sea Turtles - July 2: NOAA scientists and an Indonesian turtle monitoring team study leatherback sea turtle nesting populations in Papua, Indonesia, to learn more about population decline factors to protect this endangered species.
  • International Whaling Commission Meeting Gears Up - June 26: NOAA helps promote U.S. positions including the rights and needs of aboriginal subsistence whalers and whale conservation activities at the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Panama City, Panama.
  • Shark Conservation in Our Global Oceans - June 21: Through international cooperation and state-of-the art technology, NOAA Fisheries is conducting joint research with Uruguay’s fisheries agency that is critical to inform international conservation and management decisions for pelagic sharks.
  • NOAA Fisheries Leadership Message - June 2012 - June 11: NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator, Sam Rauch, highlights our international engagement activities which include a broad spectrum of initiatives dedicated to addressing global stewardship.
  • US-EU Share Vision for Sustainable Fisheries - May 30: EU Ambassador William E. Kennard welcomes NOAA Administrator, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, this week in Brussels to address the European Parliament and speak to Regional Fisheries Management Organization leaders on international cooperation.
  • Schwaab Addresses 6th World Fisheries Congress - May 11: Eric Schwaab delivered closing remarks at the 6th World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, which examined "Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing World." More than 1,300 delegates from 65 countries attended.
  • NOAA: Significant Progress Made at ICCAT - Nov. 21: In a statement released today by Russell F. Smith III, NOAA Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries, talks about the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas made significant progress on key U.S. priorities last week.