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US Administration Action on Illegal Fishing and Marine Protection Marks Turning Point for Oceans

In front of ocean leaders from more than 80 nations at the State Department’s “Our Ocean” conference on June 17, President Obama announced he would direct government towards a new national strategy to address black market fishing, an initiative to combat illegally caught fish from reaching US markets and ending up on dinner tables and on store shelves across the country. President Obama also announced plans to lead the fight to protect world oceans by working together and redoubling our shared conservation efforts. These announcements are part of a bigger focus by the Administration on marine related issues. This week Secretary of State John Kerry brought together some of the world’s leading thinkers to chart a path for securing the future of our planet’s oceans and the communities and economies they support. Leaders from governments, business, and NGOs and school children representing the voice of our future generation, delved into the most pressing issues facing our oceans, including marine pollution, protected areas and fisheries. “It’s clear that the President and Secretary Kerry understand and value the importance of protecting our oceans,” said Michele Kuruc, acting senior vice president for marine conservation, WWF. “By expanding marine protected areas and combatting illegal fishing, the administration is using the power of the presidency to secure the long-term health of our oceans and the livelihoods they support.”

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