US Defense bill addresses IUU fishing domestically and abroad

December 16, 2019 | Seafood Source

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which funds the U.S. military for the 2020 fiscal year, includes provisions to combat illicit fishing and increase transparency in the seafood industry.

The bill's fate had been in jeopardy because of questions over whether it would curtail President Donald Trump's authority to spend defense money on the proposed border wall. Congressional negotiators kicked those negotiations down the road, and on Wednesday, 11 December, the House overwhelmingly passed the bill; bipartisan approval is expected to push it through the Senate, too.

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