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Import Bans, Denial of Port Privileges Could Result from IUU Fishing Identification Process

Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking by May 31 information regarding nations whose vessels are engaged in illegal, unregulated or unreported fishing, bycatch of protected living marine resources and/or fishing activities in waters beyond any national jurisdiction that target or incidentally catch sharks. This information, which may include trade data and reports from importers or enforcement agents, will be reviewed for purposes of identifying nations in NOAA’s fifth biennial report to Congress. Identified nations that are not certified by NOAA as taking the necessary actions to address IUU fishing, bycatch of PLMRs and/or shark catch could be subject to trade restrictive measures, including denial of entry of their fishing vessels into U.S. ports and prohibitions on the importation of certain fisheries products.

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