Take Action: Urge the United States government to take illegal fishing seriously!

Speak up to end illegal fishing and protect 1 million American jobs

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Take Action: Urge the United States government to take illegal fishing seriously!

In June, the White House established the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud. The president is awaiting recommendations from that body on how to best fight illegal fishing, which is responsible for up to $23.5 billion worth of fish, or up to 26 million tons, taken from the ocean every year. That equates to up to 1,800 pounds of fish stolen from our seas every second.

Now the task force is requesting your help in drafting the recommendations!

IUU fishing plunders natural resources, takes business from law-abiding fishing fleets, cheats fish-dependent coastal communities, and skews scientific assessments that measure the state of fisheries. In the United States alone, the commercial fishing industry supports 1 million jobs. Illegal fishers are also known to engage in other crimes, such as drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Urge the task force to make recommendations that will protect law-abiding fishermen and the marine environment. Send your comment today!

 
 

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