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Seafood giants call for port closures to illegal catches February 22,2021   |  Source: FoodIngredientsFirst.com

Big seafood players are calling for action to combat the scourge of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, including closing all ports and supply chains to illegal fishing.

In their publicly released “Statement on Traceability and Port State Measures,” the groups call for a combination of private sector and government actions to help transform the transparency and accountability of seafood supply chains and block landings of IUU catch.

“There must be nowhere to land and nowhere to sell fish and seafood that is caught illegally,” remarks ambassador Peter Thomson, the UN secretary general’s special envoy for the ocean and co-chair of Friends of Ocean Action.

“I applaud this initiative by seafood sector leaders and urge others to support their efforts in 2021, as well as call upon all countries to work towards full implementation of Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Port State Measures Agreement.”

“Ending IUU fishing is essential to ensuring a sustainable blue economy and the maintenance of a thriving ocean. This is a critical target of the Sustainable Development Goal for the Ocean, SDG14.”

The five groups releasing the statement are Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS), the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA), the


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