Direct the Secretary of State to maintain combating IUU fishing and seafood fraud as a diplomatic priority in order to gain the support of senior officials in priority countries to enhance political will for combating IUU fishing and seafood fraud.
IUU fishing and seafood fraud are global problems, and no single nation alone can solve them. Diplomacy tools and public outreach can be used to build on key bilateral relationships and encourage our foreign government partners to enhance their efforts to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. These issues must continue to be prioritized in our bilateral and multilateral work with other nations and in our public engagement. Building effective coalitions to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud will also require effective engagement through multilateral organizations and at high-profile, high-level international meetings. Diplomatic efforts will emphasize the negative impacts of IUU fishing and seafood fraud on food and nutrition security, economic security, peace and security, and rule of law.
The Department of State will coordinate with NOAA, USTR, USAID, and other relevant agencies to develop a strategy by June 2015 to strengthen embassy advocacy and public diplomacy to increase awareness of issues related to IUU fishing and seafood fraud, and build support for actions for addressing these issues at the national, regional, and global levels, particularly in developing countries. This strategy will include: