How Do I?
- Register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry?
- Find recreational fishing regulations?
- Report a marine mammal or sea turtle stranding?
- Apply for a fishing permit?
- Import/export fishery products?
- Find a Volunteer coastal restoration effort near me?
- Find a catch and landing information for commercial and recreational fisheries?
Liberian fishery observer from NOAA program helps Liberia apprehend alleged illegal fishing vessel
Fresh from a training program for Liberian fishery observers run by NOAA and its West African partners, a graduate of the program found himself working aboard a trawler that he believed was breaking Liberia’s laws by fishing in near shore waters reserved for local fishermen. More…
October 2011: NOAA takes possession of IUU vessel seized off Alaskan coast
In October 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred possession of an illegal fishing vessel, the Bangun Perkasa, to NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement Saturday, shortly after the vessel came to port in Dutch Harbor. After it was determined to be a stateless vessel, the ship was seized by the Coast Guard for high-seas drift net fishing more than 2,600 miles south west of Kodiak, Alaska. Once the investigation of the Bangun Perkasa's fishing activity is completed, NOAA will forward its findings to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
What is NOAA doing to address the problem of IUU fishing?
- Monitoring of imports is a key part of NOAA efforts, so consumers can have confidence that the seafood they purchase was harvested legally.
- The United States works with other fishing nations to strengthen enforcement and data collection programs around the world.
- The Secretary of Commerce identifies countries that have fishing vessels engaged in IUU activities. Through a consultation process, additional information is gathered to support a positive or negative certification. In the latter case, trade sanctions may be recommended to the President to restrict imports of the seafood products associated with the IUU activity.
2011 Port State Measures Agreement and Legislation
Illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing, commonly referred to as “IUU fishing” or “pirate fishing”, is a global problem that threatens ocean ecosystems and sustainable fisheries. Since the United States imports more than 80 percent of its seafood, NOAA Fisheries is working to ensure that high demand for imported seafood does not create incentives for illegal fishing activity. One way to combat this problem is to close the world’s ports to IUU vessels and keep their illegal catch from entering the market. On December 12, 2011, new legislation focused on keeping U.S. ports clear of IUU fisheries products was introduced.
News and Announcements
December 12, 2011: Legislation will protect U.S. fishermen from unfair competition
A bill drafted by NOAA and introduced in Congress today will work to prevent pirate fishing vessels from entering U.S. ports to offload their illegally caught seafood. If passed, the Pirate Fishing Elimination Act, which is sponsored by Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, implements an international agreement that, will benefit U.S. fishermen, seafood buyers, and consumers by keeping illegal seafood out of global trade. More…
September 7, 2011: U.S., European Union to strengthen cooperation to combat illegal fishing
NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Maria Damanaki, European Union Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will sign a historic statement today pledging bilateral cooperation to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, known as IUU fishing—a first for the longstanding partnership between the U.S. and the E.U. on fisheries management. More...
Links and Resources:
NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
US Coast Guard
US State Department
National Plan of Action to Deter IUU (report in pdf format)
International Monitoring Control and Surveillance
UN Food and Agricuture Organization
Stop Illegal Fishing (Africa Union sponsored)
Environmental Justice Foundation