Role in implementing the Task Force Recommendations:
ENRD’s Environmental Crimes Section and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country handle criminal enforcement of federal laws related to fisheries, primarily under the Lacey Act. The Department of Justice works on these cases with the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Coast Guard, as well as state and local law enforcement officials.
The Department of Justice works in the international sphere by assisting and collaborating with enforcement partners in other countries that seek to stop illegal fishing. ENRD trains foreign counterparts on the legal, investigative, prosecutorial, and judicial aspects of enforcing wildlife and fisheries laws. The Department of Justice also addresses IUU fishing and related issues through its work as co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking. In addition, ENRD’s Law and Policy Section, with the support of the Environmental Crimes Section and the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section, represents the Department in a range of policy, legislative, and international matters related to fisheries laws and associated international treaties.
Based on this experience, the Department of Justice helps implement the Task Force’s recommendations related to enforcement, capacity building, and international agreements.