The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing across borders and promote sustainable fisheries abroad.
The two agencies plan to work together to support developing countries as they strengthen their own assessment, monitoring and enforcement capabilities; promote innovations in combating IUU fishing through alliances with other governments and the private sector and increase incentives for compliance and consequences for violating fisheries rules.
“Together, our two agencies are well positioned to help nations combat IUU fishing practices which have emerged as a leading maritime security threat and are associated with human rights abuses and other forms of transnational crime,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, PhD, assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and deputy NOAA administrator.
“I commend the staff of NOAA and USAID who worked to develop this agreement, and thank all those who work every day to stop IUU fishing through diplomacy, enforcement, and science,” he added.
This partnership builds on NOAA’s larger work with the US State Department and US Coast Guard under the Maritime SAFE Act, which was signed into law last year.