Statement on Recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud

WASHINGTON, DC December16, 2014 Members of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) have zero tolerance for illegal fishing and all forms of commercial seafood fraud. NFI members have lead the global industry initiative tackling the fraud challenge, by creating the Better Seafood Board (BSB) in 2007.

NFI supports practical recommendations that focus on strengthening enforcement and enhancing tools already in place. Regulators enforcing the law is action NFI has long sought.

While the recommendations clarify the Task Forces direction and strategy, NFI looks forward to the specific ideas on how the agencies will implement the recommendations. We are eager to work with the Task Force to navigate the landscape of existing resources and are pleased the Task Force understands the need for consultation. Further, we applaud the Task Force for recognizing the need for potential legislative action before certain prescriptive changes can be executed.

John Connelly
President, National Fisheries Institute

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