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President Obama

The Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud’s recommendations include key concepts necessary to break the link between US dollars and global black market fishing.

The work of the Task Force represents a critical milestone toward achieving needed and workable change in US policy to combat IUU fishing. We are incredibly thankful for all of the work invested by the Administration in getting us to this point.

Decisive policy action is needed to turn these concepts into reality and deliver meaningful change that will level the playing field for honest fishers and conserve the health of the world’s oceans. I encourage you to guide the implementation of the Task Force recommendations by outlining a clear and comprehensive pathway to ensure that all seafood sold in the United States is traceable to legal sources.

The process which was begun in June, should result in a call from your office to the Task Force requiring certain policy changes and development and implement regulations to streamline current law to ensure:

• All seafood sold in the United States be accompanied with basic and consistent information
• Border measures should be designed to allow for informed decisions about product legality based on this information.
• A fixed date is set by which all fish sold in our markets will have to be fully traceable to legal fishing activities

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 businesses, 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 implementation 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.

But there is great momentum for change. On December 16, a Presidential Task Force submitted recommendations to President Obama, outlining solutions to address black market fishing and seafood fraud. 

It will take strong White House leadership to turn these recommendations into binding regulations and strong policy actions with real impact. President Obama needs to require Task Force agencies to develop and implement regulations, under current law and according to a fixed timeline, to ensure that all seafood sold in the United States is traceable to legal sources.

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