Hy-Vee understands the need for leadership in ensuring environmentally responsible and traceable seafood. That is why Hy-Vee has sent letters to Congress members urging them to pass legislation that will tackle the problem of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
IUU is a global problem that threatens the health of marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of U.S. fishers. Illegal fishing harms the marine environment by contributing heavily to diminishing fish stocks. It also undermines law-abiding fishers in the United States by distorting the market with illegally caught imports. Additionally, human rights concerns like human trafficking and forced labor have been linked to illegal fishing. Illegal fishing is not a small problem; authors of a recent study estimated that 13% – 31% of wild-caught seafood entering the United States is illegal1.
The Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2013 (H.R. 69) and the Pirate Fishing Elimination Act (S.267) are two bills waiting for a vote from representatives in the House and Senate, respectively. Both pieces of legislation have broad support from seafood industry groups, environmental groups and government agencies.
Hy-Vee urges Congress to take action to end illegal fishing and strengthen the nation’s leadership on this issue. This is an important step toward ensuring our U.S. seafood marketplace is composed of safe, legal and responsible seafood and that illegal fishing is reduced in the waters around the world.
1Agnew, David J. et al, “Estimating the worldwide extent of illegal fishing.” PLoS One 4.2 (2009): 34570.