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Pirate fishing, known more formally as Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing, is occurring around the world. Industrial boats fishing outside the bounds of agreed upon national and international management are sucking up ocean life in places off limits to fishing or in amounts that are unsustainable and not allowed. Pirate fishing hurts American fishermen who follow the law, and threatens fish stocks and our hard fought conservation gains for sustainable fishing.

Strong measures are needed to combat pirate fishing.  We need to:

  • Increase control over ports that receive illegal fishing vessels
  • Incorporate market measures that make the sale of IUU fish illegal
  • Stop the transport of fish between IUU vessels and other fishing vessels
  • Enact comprehensive management that encompasses the high seas territory where little regulation and enforcement exist

The Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015, S1334, was introduced in the Senate by Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska. Currently, ocean champions Senators Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island are cosponsoring the bill, along with Dan Sullivan of Alaska.

Now we need you to call your Senators and ask them to support bill S1334 to Stop Pirate Fishing. Please call 202-224-3121.

Together, we will ensure healthy oceans and sustainable fisheries by:

  • Electing ocean champions to congress, who
  • Support pragmatic solutions and policies for our oceans, and
  • Raise our voices for bipartisan support of ocean conservation laws.

For the oceans,

David Wilmot, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder


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