NOAA Fisheries Releases Report to Congress Identifying Three Nations for Reported IUU Fishing Activities

September 19, 2019

NOAA Fisheries has released its 2019 biennial report to Congress identifying nations engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. These activities damage our economy, hurt fishermen who play by the rules, threaten global food security, and rob future generations of precious ocean resources

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NOAA Fisheries has released its 2019 Improving International Fisheries Management Report to Congress identifying nations with vessels reported to be engaged in illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, and announced its certification determinations of nations previously identified for these activities from the 2017 Report.   

IUU fishing activities damage our economy, hurt fishermen who play by the rules, threaten global food security, and rob future generations of precious ocean resourcesThe Improving International Fisheries Management Report to Congress is an important part of NOAA Fisheries’ work to improve global fisheries management, support the effective management of protected species and shark catch on the high seas; and ensure that legal, sustainable fisheries are not disadvantaged.

Three nations (Mexico, Ecuador and the Russian Federation) identified in the 2017 Report for reported IUU fishing activities have since taken corrective actions to remedy those activities which has resulted in a positive certification decision for each nation from the United States.

However, in the 2019 Report, Mexico and Ecuador are again identified for reported IUU fishing activities (occurring in 2016-2018); and the Republic of Korea is identified for reported IUU fishing activities. The report also highlights several areas of concern involving China.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to working with all nations to improve global fisheries management, and ensure that legal, sustainable fisheries are not disadvantaged.

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View the 2019 Improving International Fisheries Management Report to Congress, and learn more about U.S. efforts to combat IUU fishing.

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Understanding Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

IUU fishing is a global problem threatening ocean ecosystems and sustainable fisheries. Learn more about IUU fishing and NOAA’s role in combating these activities.

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Last updated by Office of International Affairs & Seafood Inspection on September 19, 2019