US Implements Programme to Trace Fish and Fish Products on Entry to Country

US - The US has now established additional protections for the country's economy, global food security and the sustainability of shared ocean resources through the Seafood Import Monitoring Programme.

The programme will further curb Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing practices and identify misrepresented seafood imports before they enter the US market.

The programme requires that importers report information and maintain records about the harvest, landing and chain of custody of imported fish and fish products for certain priority species identified as especially vulnerable to IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The programme will eventually expand to include all species.

“As a global leader in sustainable fisheries management and seafood consumption, the US has a responsibility to combat illegal practices that undermine the sustainability of our shared ocean resources,” said Dr Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator.

“We designed this program to further ensure that imported seafood is legally harvested and truthfully represented, with minimal burden to our partners.”

“This rule is a critical step forward in combating IUU and seafood fraud. It sends an important message to the international seafood community that if you are open and transparent about the seafood you catch and sell across the supply chain, then the US markets are open for your business,” said Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the US Department of State.

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