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Federal Register Notice Requesting Information for Identification of Nations or Entities Engaged in Illegal, Unreported, or Unregulated Fishing, Bycatch of Protected Living Marine Resources, or Shark Fishing on the High Seas


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NOAA Fisheries has published a notice in the federal register seeking information on foreign vessels engaged in illegal, unreported, or unregulated (IUU) fishing, bycatch of protected living marine resources, or activities that have targeted or incidentally caught shark catch beyond any national jurisdiction during 2020 -2022.

A global leader in the responsible management of marine fisheries, the United States works with foreign governments to track, identify, and combat IUU fishing, sustainably manage and conserve bycatch of protected living marine resources, and address other fishing practices that threaten our shared natural resources.

Every two years, NOAA Fisheries issues its biennial report to Congress on improving international fisheries management. This report to Congress is an important part of our work to improve global fisheries management, combat IUU fishing, support the effective management of protected species and shark catch on the high seas, and ensure a fair market for the U.S. fishing industry.

The information collected through this notice may assist in the identification of nations for the 2023 biennial report.

  • Submissions should be received on or before December 31, 2022, at IUU.PLMR.Sharks@noaa.gov; or
  • By mail to: NMFS Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce, Attn.: Moratorium Protection Act Information, F/IATC 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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