Take Action: End Gulf Pirate Fishing
Foreign illegal fishing, including recent incidents of
Mexican fishing vessels illegally taking fish from U.S. waters, threatens Gulf Coast
communities, businesses and the ocean ecosystem. Even more alarming, recent
reports suggest that foreign illegal fishing vessels across the globe may be
associated with other types of crime, including drug and human trafficking.Congress is currently considering two bills, the
International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act and the Pirate Fishing
Elimination Act and an international agreement called the Port State Measures
Agreement. If enacted, these bills will improve law enforcement in U.S. waters
and on the high seas and keep suspected foreign illegal fishing vessels out of
U.S. ports.The Gulf of Mexico’s commercial and recreational
fishing industries support more than 168,000 jobs and contribute $13.7 billion annually
to the region’s economy. Please help the coastal
communities in the Gulf by asking your Gulf Senators and Representatives to
support the Agreement and legislation to crack down on foreign illegal fishing.
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