New law empowers U.S. to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud and promote the sustainable management of international fisheries

by AKrauth-Ibarz on November 7, 2015 - 6:34pm

Obama is putting into action the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act. The US is taking illegal fishing and seafood fraud much more seriously now. This act is to help prevent ships carrying illegal fish and other ocean products to the american market. According to  Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., under secretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, “Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing undermines both the economic and environmental sustainability of our nation’s fisheries.” Therefore unregulated fishing is bad for both the market and the environment. This contract should also restablish the United States' reputation for sustainable seafood. Around 25 different countries worldwide will implement this new law too. 

I think this is a very good move by the United States. It will most deffinately help out its weakening econmy will play a role in helping out the environment. It will take a major effort for the government to exert this extra control, however, I do think it will be well worth it in the long run.

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Hey there,

Great topic! It's important to be aware of changes that are currently occurring especially when it comes to environmental and social injustice like illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. One thing I noticed was that you did not fully explain where you got this topic from and there were some minor grammatical and spelling errors. Overall your post hit the main points of the Act Obama is pushing forward. It is also great to see change enacted right before our eyes, in the future keep up the good work because it's important that people see governments who do care about these injustices and are putting in an effort to end them.

Hey AKrauth-Ibarz,

Cool post, This reminds me a lot of what we learned in class about the fishing industry. I think that since we overfish so much, people have become overly reliant on this industry, and when the people who are overfishing are told that they cannot take as much as they need, they don't know how to react. This results to many of these people trying to maintain their livelihoods by continuing to overfish. It is a shame that that has gotten so out of hand really, as the effects of overfishing are devastating; they destroy ecosystems and food chains and cause certain species of fish that we rely on to become endangered. One thing i thought you could have added to your post was how the authorities plan on enforcing these laws, as people who overfish have many ways of avoiding the police, and in the past many forms of enforcement have been quite ineffective.

Hey AKrauth-Ibarz,

Cool post, This reminds me a lot of what we learned in class about the fishing industry. I think that since we overfish so much, people have become overly reliant on this industry, and when the people who are overfishing are told that they cannot take as much as they need, they don't know how to react. The result is many of these people trying to maintain their livelihoods by continuing to overfish. It is a shame that it has gotten so out of hand really, as the effects of overfishing are devastating; they destroy ecosystems and food chains and cause certain species of fish that we rely on to become endangered. One thing i thought you could have added to your post was how the authorities plan on enforcing these laws, as people who overfish have many ways of avoiding the police, and in the past many forms of enforcement have been quite ineffective.

Hello AKrauth-Ibarz,
I have decided to comment on your summary because your title seemed very appealing and it made me curious. In fact, before reading your article, I did not know that the U.S was trying to solve the crisis surrounding fisheries. I think it is an excellent initiative to promote sustainable management of international fisheries.
An interesting aspect when one analyses fisheries is to compare small-scale fisheries with large-scale fisheries. In fact, small-scale fisheries benefit more people, and are less damaging for the environment. Not only is it more sustainable, but also it is also extremely more accessible. This practice absolutely needs to be prioritized in order to counteract the illegal fisheries.
Furthermore, you wrote in your text that illegal fisheries undermine the environmental sustainability. I personally think you could have developed this idea a little bit more. Do you know if these illegal companies practice bottom trawling? If yes, these unregulated practices are even more alarming. As a matter of fact, bottom trawling has the worst ecological consequences, and these illegal fishers need to be severely punished.
All in all, this subject was very interesting and of actuality! I am looking forward on reading more of your articles.

Lori Desroches

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