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Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan to Deliver Keynote at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit

Newly appointed NOAA administrator set to speak at the Summit

SILVER SPRING, MD (6 January 2015)—Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, will be the keynote speaker at the 11th edition of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, to be held 9-11 February at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The opening keynote presentation is set to take place Monday, 9 February 2015 at 9:45am.

The Summit program will address key priorities for NOAA in its responsibility to sustainably manage marine resources, such as engaging stakeholders in the expansion of aquaculture to meet global protein needs and exploring Fishery Improvement Projects, as well as issues raised by the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud. In its recommendations, the Task Force called for dialogue among seafood stakeholders through collaborative forums. The Seafood Summit is recognized as the premier forum for solution-driven collaborations among the seafood industry and sustainability stakeholders worldwide.


Presidential Task Force Calls for Comments, Dialogue in Recommendations to Combat IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

SILVER SPRING, MD (17 December 2014) Yesterday the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud released its recommendations and requested public comment within 30 days on how to most effectively implement these recommendations.

IUU fishing is one of the most crucial global threats to the sustainable management of marine fisheries worldwide. It has significant environmental, economic, and social implications and jeopardizes the biological integrity of the ocean. Estimates of the economic losses range from $10 23 billion annually, and with more than 2.5 billion people relying upon seafood as a main source of protein, action on this issue is a global imperative. The Presidential Task Force recommendations identify ways for the government to prioritize actions to address IUU fishing and protect these valuable food and ecological resources.

For the past several years, SeaWeb has been working with experts on IUU, traceability, seafood fraud and human rights, most recently in preparation for the upcoming SeaWeb Seafood Summit. The recommendations touch on a number of issues that are key to the seafood industry and the conservation community alike.






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European Union Moves to Close Shark Finning Loopholes

The European Parliament voted to close loopholes which had permitted some forms of shark finning to occur. The EU had previously banned shark finning but special permits allowed some finning to continue. Parliament’s vote, with almost 90% in favor, closes loopholes in the existing law and ends special permits. The details of implementation will now be considered by EU ministers.

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