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NOAA Fisheries report identifies IUU in Ecuador, Mexico, South Korea by Chris Chase October 09,2019   |  Source: SeafoodSource

NOAA Fisheries has released its 2019 report to the U.S. Congress, identifying the organization’s efforts to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing internationally while also rebuking three countries for lack of sufficient enforcement against IUU.

The biennial report on improving international fisheries management – made to Congress as part of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act – identified Ecuador, Mexico, and the Republic of Korea has three countries that failed to sufficiently comply with agreed-upon regulations related to IUU. The report also credited Ecuador, Mexico, and the Russian Federation for earlier work to react to IUU allegations made in NOAA’s 2017 report to congress.

Ecuador had earlier been identified by NOAA for having 25 vessels with violations of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) resolutions, which were made in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Several of the vessels, the report states, were “repeat offenders.” At the time, Ecuador was notified through the U.S. Department of State about the IUU activity.

Following that notification, Ecuador provided documents and took corrective actions that were sufficient enough for NOAA to make a positive certification determination for the country.


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