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Inadequacy of US screening system for IUU risks laid bare in trade study by Mark Godfrey April 08,2021   |  Source: SeafoodSource

Seafood caught via illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and fishing involving forced labor amounting to USD 2.4 billion (EUR 2 billion) was imported into the United States in 2019, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The 18 March report, “Seafood Obtained via Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: U.S. Imports and Economic Impact on U.S. Commercial Fisheries,” suggests the U.S. government does not have effective controls in place to limit IUU-sourced product from entering the country.

The report names China, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia, and Vietnam as key sources for illicit wild-caught product, with the main species involved named as swimming crab, warm-water shrimp, yellowfin tuna, and squid. The report also claims 9 percent of the harvested weight of farmed seafood imports is made up of IUU-tainted feed ingredients. It states IUU-sourced seafood is a serious threat to the jobs and earnings of U.S. fishermen.

Beth Lowell, deputy vice president for U.S. campaigns for environmental non-governmental organization Oceana, said while the U.S. government has taken some steps to combat IUU fishing, including establishing the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) in 2018, it has much work to do on its import screening systems. SIMP

 

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