U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program – Viable or Unviable?

Trading in IUU seafood and mislabeled products distort markets and efforts of legally bound seafood companies and traders that have invested massively in both buying legal quotas for fish stocks as well as technologies associated with harvesting (licenses, VMS, Observers, etc.) and trading in domestic and international markets (E-trade and electronic tools for boat to … Read more

Port State Measures Agreement – 25 parties on the table

On 30 March 2016, Gambia’s national assembly ratified the UN agreement on Port State Measures to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU). This brings the number of parties formally ratifying the treaty to 25. Pursuant to Article 29, the Agreement shall enter into force thirty days after the date of deposit … Read more

USA becomes the 20th State to ratify Port State Measures Agreement

USA became the 20th country to ratify the UN Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA). On February 10, 2016 President Obama signed the law as the next step in the ratification process following the passage of the bipartisan Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 by the U.S. Congress. The spree of recent ratifications is … Read more

Do Americans really care if it is Alaska pollock or Russian pollock ?

New U.S. Federal Rule on acceptable market names could prevent mislabeling of pollock caught in Alaska (USA) and Russian waters. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently updated its list of acceptable market names for seafood caught in U.S. waters. The common name is the prevalent and often used for selling seafood to consumers. FDA … Read more

UN Port State Measures Agreement could be ratified soon ?

South Korea became the 19th country to ratify the UN Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) on 14 January 2016. The spree of recent ratifications is seen as a stride in the right direction. If the present pace continues the treaty might come into effect by the first week of June. The PSMA would come into force … Read more