The Big Picture
Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a top threat to ocean ecosystems, global food security, and is inextricably linked to human rights abuses at sea. IUU fishing, human trafficking, and forced labor are human rights and environmental crisis that demand swift action.
Illegal fishing is not a small problem, of the annual global seafood catch, an estimated one-third, as much as 56 billion pounds, is illegally fished.
The Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act represents a significant step forward in linking illegal fishing to forced labor in the seafood industry, enhancing traceability, and transparency in the seafood supply chains and strengthens enforcement against IUU fishing and associated labor abuses.
What’s In It For You?
Currently seafood labeling and traceability requirements end when imported seafood reaches U.S. ports, leaving a large gap in accountability. H.R. 3075, the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act empowers seafood consumers by establishing seafood labeling requirements for basic information such as what fish it is, where and how it was caught and if was wild caught or farm raised.
What You Can Do
Tell your elected representatives to support and co-sponsor the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act today!