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Helping to Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

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Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to be a problem across our oceans. The impacts of IUU fishing are far-reaching, affecting the abundance of fish populations, fishing communities, the seafood industry and consumers.

Legislation is critically important to enable the US to play a stronger role in combating illegal foreign fishing and to level the playing field for companies like ours who are working hard to source legal and responsibly produced seafood. 

H.R. 774 — The Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015, would allow for improved US enforcement against illegal fishing and prevent port entry, access, and supplies to foreign fishing vessels that are known to be involved in illegal activities. Importantly, this legislation would restrict IUU vessels from being able to access global seafood markets and eliminate key economic incentives for illegal fishing operations.

For over a decade, Whole Foods Market has shown our commitment to sourcing seafood sustainably. Our industry-leading Quality Standards for both wild-caught and farmed seafood, which include strict requirements for traceability, demonstrate our daily efforts to not only source the most responsibly produced seafood, but also to create a model for a more sustainable seafood industry.

We will continue to follow IUU legislation carefully and do our part to let our leaders know how important sustainable seafood is to our customers as well as to our oceans.

Working together, we can help restore our marine and coastal ecosystems and build a more sustainable seafood market.

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Brendan says …

This is definitely an important issue but it seems like a lot more could be done by pressuring other countries to apply stricter fisheries protections.

malcolm duncan says …

This is my first visit to your website to ascertain your policy regarding fishing for antarctic krill and fishing for fish that feed on them.One of my family informs me Whole Foods does no longer sell omega-3 products from that area.I was about to buy some from an internet online company that their krill oil from antarctic is a sustainable source. Do you believe this correct? thank you Mal Duncan

Susanne Ruby says …

I would really appreciate more enforcement and active legislation that would stop illegal fishing in our all ready depleted Ocean. Let us be the active stewards of our wonderful blue planet.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MALCOLM - Krill is a very valuable food source for marine life. While our standards for farmed fish (aquaculture) allow krill from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council to be used as a nutrient-rich component of feed, we do not feel that using krill for nutritional supplements is the best use of this important resource. It is our opinion that krill is best used either directly as a nutrient source for marine life in the wild or in limited amounts in aquaculture. Consequently, we will only sell fish oil dietary supplements that are derived from other species of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, from which there are already many options to choose.