US IUU Approach: Different Does Not Mean Bad / by Francisco Blaha

The 2nd part of that statement should be applicable to anything from race, sexual orientation, supporting team sports, and so on... but in that case I was talking about IUU fishing control policies.

A few days ago, Molly Johnson a journalist from, contacted me in reference to an article they published entitled "US not imposing sanctions on IUU fishing", in regards a declaration of David Balton (US Deputy Assistant for Oceans and Fisheries) where he outlined the US vision on their anti IUU fishing policy developments. 

She sent me the article (as I'm not a paying subscriber of the site) and after reading it, I replied:

"Is hard to make an opinion out of one article. And from what I read there is a plan and a system. The fact that they chose a different approach does not mean that they are 'not imposing sanctions on IUU fishing', and I think that statement may be misleading".

Furthermore, I gave my views on the article sent, she quite gracefully accepted my criticism and published the following article based on my response.

You want to make your own mind? Here is the info:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed on the 27 July H.R. 774: Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 by voice vote. (Thanks FishWise!

The bill is now awaiting Senate decision. If passed, this bi-partisan legislation would combat IUU fishing activities by:

  • Strengthening enforcement by building domestic capacity for monitoring and identifying IUU activities.
  • Creating stiffer penalties for vessels caught illegally fishing in U.S. waters.
  • Implementing legislation needed for the U.S. to ratify the United Nations Port States Measures Agreement (PSMA).