US NOAA release report to Congress on global IUU

NOAA Fisheries has released its 2017 Biennial Report to Congress on illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU) practices around the world. The report highlights US findings and analyses of foreign IUU fishing activities and of bycatch of protected species and shark catch on the high seas.

Ecuador, Mexico, and the Russian Federation were identified as having vessels reported to be engaged in IUU activity during 2014-2016. On behalf of the United States, NOAA Fisheries will consult with each nation to encourage action to address these activities and improve fisheries management and enforcement practices.

Bycatch criteria for US imports introduced

Nations exporting fish and fish products to the United States will now have to meet fishing standards for protecting marine mammals equal to those American fishermen follow, under a final rule published by NOAA Fisheries.

US trade partners will need to show that bycatch in their export fisheries do not exceed US standards.

Philippine authorities seize two tonnes of illegally-caught shark meat

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported the seizure of crates containing around two tonnes of shark meat that was caught illegally in Zamboanga City on Friday, September 9.

The PCG and BFAR acted on intelligence that the passenger and cargo ship ‘Trisha Kerstin 2’ was transporting the shark meat from Tawi-Tawi, the Philippines’ southernmost province (just 20 kilometres from Sabah, Malaysia), to Zamboanga City some 300 kilometres away without the necessary documents.

River restoration boosts Maine’s fish ecosystem

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has released data from one of its river restoration projects that helps small fish to migrate between rivers and the Atlantic ocean.

By helping this small forage fish navigate past dams built on the river, NOAA hopes to improve their populations and in turn the populations of commercially fished species which feed on them.

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