The International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act (S. 269) complements other legislation, such as S.267, to help eliminate illegal fishing. Senator Barbara Boxer is one of the co-sponsors of this legislation, and you might want to write and thank her for her leadership on this issue.
From our friends at FishWise:
"IFSEA seeks to streamline and strengthen enforcement capabilities to identify and apprehend foreign illegal fishing operators and aims to help Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) achieve sustainable quotas.
This legislation would:
- Increase collaboration between agencies enforcing IUU fishing;
- Establish an IUU vessel list and bring action against those vessels; and
- Establish consistent and streamlined enforcement protocols in U.S. law pertaining to international fisheries.
S. 269 goes hand in hand with S.267, the Pirate Fishing Elimination Act, and the UN FAO Port State Measures Agreement. "