New law empowers U.S. to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud and promote the sustainable management of international fisheries
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) commercial fishing is an issue that threatens both the economic and environmental sustainability of several fisheries around the globe and the United States has just joined administrative efforts with thirteen other nations in efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud. President Obama recently signed the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act and will now join global efforts to implement the Ports State Measure Agreement (PSMA) to help prevent illegally harvested fish from entering the U.S. ports and help keep illegal products out of the U.S. market.
Once twenty-five countries have ratified the PSMA it will be legally binding and to help encourage ratification by other countries the United States has already implemented most of the measures outlined in the PSMA in domestic ports and vessels. The PSMA will also let the United States to fully participate in the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission by allowing us to ratify the Antigua Convention. This means the U.S. can help aid in the process of managing highly migratory species such as the Tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean.