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Fisheries and Development

by Gateway Web Editor last modified Aug 04, 2016 05:48 PM

Fisheries provide protein and income to 2.6 billion people in developing countries.  Well-managed fisheries provide livelihoods, food security, and economic development.  They strengthen rule of law, peace and security, and gender equity.  Well managed fisheries protect the habitats and biodiversity that ensure there are fish for tomorrow as well as today. Illegality in seafood production compromises development and human well-being.


What is USAID Doing?

  • Working in 17 countries to strengthen fisheries management, including combating IUU fishing
  • Implementing the U.S. National Action Plan on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud
USAID Natural Resource Management and Development Portal

On June 17, 2014, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum entitled “Establishing a Comprehensive Framework to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud.” Among other actions the Memorandum established a Presidential Task Force, co-chaired by the Departments of State and Commerce and made up of a broad range of other federal agencies. Last month, the Presidential Task Force released its Action Plan for implementing 15 recommendations that fall under four general themes:  international, enforcement, partnerships and traceability. State, NOAA and USAID will co-chair the Capacity Building Working Group under the Action Plan.


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