Presidential Task Force on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud


Thursday, June 11, 2015

The U.S. must level the playing field for legitimate seafood harvesters, processors, and consumers whose products, jobs, businesses, best practices, and trust are undermined by entities that circumvent conservation and management measures and engage in fraudulent activities. Last year at CHOW, Counselor to the President, John Podesta, announced the White House’s initiative to curb black market fishing. Since then, the Presidential Taskforce on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, comprised of 14 federal agencies, was formed and in March released its Action Plan. At CHOW 2015, Taskforce members return to discuss the Action Plan, how the Administration is moving forward to implement the Task Force recommendations, and the importance for Congressional leadership to introduce and pass the Port State Measures Agreement.


Dawn M. Martin
President, Sea Web


Russell F. Smith III
Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Sally Yozell
Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and Environment, U.S. Department of State

Alfred Nakatsuma
Director, Regional Environment Office, Regional Development Mission for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development

Peter N. Koufopoulos
Director, Division of Seafood Safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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