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Fact Sheet: 2017 Improving International Fisheries Management Report to Congress

March 27, 2017

The High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act requires the United States to identify nations to Congress for IUU fishing, and/or bycatch of protected living marine resources or shark catch on the high seas for nations that do not have regulatory measures comparable to the United States.

The High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act requires the United States to identify nations to Congress for IUU fishing, and/or bycatch of protected living marine resources or shark catch on the high seas for nations that do not have regulatory measures comparable to the United States. Identification is the first step in a three step process: identification, consultation, and certification. Nations identified for having vessels engaged in IUU fishing are required to take appropriate corrective action to address the activities described in the biennial report to Congress. Nations identified for having vessels engaged in bycatch or shark catch on the high seas are required to adopt regulatory programs in the relevant fisheries comparable in effectiveness to U.S. programs, and to establish management plans for the applicable species. 

High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act