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  • LONGLINE FISHING
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  • ILLEGAL FISHING
Winning Issue » ILLEGAL FISHING


Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing accounts for at least 25% of all global catches each year. IUU fishing includes catching undersized fish, fishing in closed waters or taking more fish than allowed. Coastal nations have exclusive economic zones in which offshore fishing is prohibited. International agreements also prohibit the fishing of protected species on the high seas. However, advocates say there is little enforcement or punishment for illegal fishing operations. Much of the damage to fisheries is caused by fleets of large international commercial fishing trawlers. Advocates say most of these large fishing operations abide by the law, but many others fish without licenses, use illegal fishing gear, conceal their identities and fail to report catches. These distant-water fishing fleets use modern technology to pursue and catch fish in virtually every part of every ocean. These ships offload their catch onto large processing vessels which process, freeze and transport huge quantities of fish, allowing trawlers to continue fishing nearly non-stop. Some call commercial fishing operations “the last buffalo hunt,” with too many fishing boats chasing a dwindling number of fish that have no place to hide.

Our State Dept. reports that China is the world’s worst perpetrator of IUU fishing, operating the largest distant-water fishing fleet of at least 1,600-3,400 ships, and perhaps many more. It noted a significant increase in illegal fishing by Chinese-flagged vessels within the exclusive economic zones of other countries in almost every region of the world. Advocates say the Chinese ships are taking advantage of weak enforcement and supervision from local and Chinese authorities - to the detriment of local fishermen and the environment. Many millions of people throughout the world depend on fisheries for employment, sustenance and recreation. Advocates say if there is to be enough fish for current and future generations, everyone involved in fishing must help conserve and manage the world’s fisheries at sustainable levels.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.3075 - Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act
Sponsor: Rep. Jared Huffman (CA)
Status: House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Transportation and Infrastructure)
Chair: Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current illegal fishing policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support help ensuring America’s fishers and their children and grandchildren have fish to catch by:

    1.) Establishing monitor and detection programs to identify and prevent IUU fisheries from unfair competition with United States domestic fishing boats.

    2.) Expanding the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) to all species and increase data requirements for SIMP.

    3.) Establishing seafood traceability and labelling requirements, and update the responsibilities of the IUU Interagency Working Group.

    4.) Bolstering international fisheries management, including expanding U.S. authority to revoke port privileges for fishing vessels associated with IUU fishing and expanding IUU determination criteria to include human trafficking, forced labor and other labor rights violations.

    5.) Authorize funding for new Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) on vessels, and amend requirements for where AIS must be used by U.S. vessels in federal waters and on the high seas.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support help ensuring America’s fishers and their children and grandchildren have fish to catch by:

    1.) Establishing monitor and detection programs to identify and prevent IUU fisheries from unfair competition with United States domestic fishing boats.

    2.) Expanding the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) to all species and increase data requirements for SIMP.

    3.) Establishing seafood traceability and labelling requirements, and update the responsibilities of the IUU Interagency Working Group.

    4.) Bolstering international fisheries management, including expanding U.S. authority to revoke port privileges for fishing vessels associated with IUU fishing and expanding IUU determination criteria to include human trafficking, forced labor and other labor rights violations.

    5.) Authorize funding for new Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) on vessels, and amend requirements for where AIS must be used by U.S. vessels in federal waters and on the high seas.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.3075 - Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act.

If elected as a trustee, Oceana will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for reducing or eliminating illegal fishing in African waters.

About: Oceana was established by a group of leading foundations — The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Sandler Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund — after a 1999 study they commissioned discovered that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy. No organization was working exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale. To fill the gap, our founders created Oceana: an international organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based policy campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Since its founding, Oceana has won more than 225 victories and protected nearly 4 million square miles of ocean.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
July 19, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
July 26, 2021