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US Task Force and President Obama

I encourage you to ensure that the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud outline a clear pathway for legality and traceability of the US seafood supply chain.

Fishing operations occur far from the eyes of consumers and regulators and once intermingled in the supply chain, illegal fish products are very difficult to detect. It’s time for the US government to break the link between the US market and international illegal fishing.

The Task Force should recommend the issuance of new regulations that build on existing law or existing legal framPreisdeworks, to ensure all fish are fully traceable to legal sources.

These regulations should require the following

1. That all seafood sold in the United States be accompanied with basic and consistent information
2. That this information should be traceable by regulators and supply chain actors from bait to plate,
3. And that border measures should be designed to allow for informed decisions about product legality based on this information.

Traceability should detail the who, what, where, when, and how of fishing as key data points necessary to determine product legality and should capture information relevant to product as it moves across the supply chain.

The requirements should be practical, electronic, and integrate with existing import and domestic fishery standards.

Voluntary solutions alone are not viable, as the bad actors will not join. I recommend that the Task Force work with responsible business, thought leaders, and the public to achieve an effective solution that can be enforced.

I commend your support for the world’s oceans and hope you will consider these critical solutions in the development of the Presidential Task Force recommendations.

Signed,

WWF (World Wildlife Fund / World Wide Fund for Nature)

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How this will help

The United States is one of the world's largest markets for seafood. It's estimated

that Americans consume over 5 billion pounds of seafood a year. Unfortunately, right now we cannot tell if the...

The United States is one of the world's largest markets for seafood. It's estimated

that Americans consume over 5 billion pounds of seafood a year. Unfortunately, right now we cannot tell if the fish we eat was legally caught.

Illegal fishing is a key driver of global overfishing, threatens marine ecosystems, puts food security and regional stability at risk, and is linked to major human rights violations and even organized crime.

But there is great momentum for change. On December 14 a new Task Force will submit recommendations to President Obama, outlining solutions to address black market fishing and seafood fraud.  We need to make sure those recommendations outline a strategy that can tackle international illegal fishing while creating a level playing field for US fishermen and supporting smart decisions by American consumers.

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