NOAA proposes new traceability plan to combat IUU fishing


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a proposal to implement a traceability plan for fishery products, aimed at combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and to prevent fraudulent trade.

The programme seeks to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering U.S. commerce.

Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA administrator, said, “We are asking the seafood industry, trade and consumer sectors, our international partners and the conservation community to help guide us in creating an effective, efficient programme.”

The proposed seafood traceability system will collect data about harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products imported into the United States identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and seafood fraud.

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