The agreement is bound to enhance the efficiency of joint efforts against poaching and to preserve world ocean fauna. Source: Lori / Legion Media
U.S. and Russian government officials have signed a bilateral agreement to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing at the 26th annual Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC) meeting hosted by the United States in Portland, Oregon.
"We view the signing of a new Russian-U.S. agreement as evidence of the reciprocal wish to retain practical interaction in the areas where the national interests of our states overlap," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report posted on Sept.15.
The agreement is bound to enhance the efficiency of joint efforts against poaching and to preserve world ocean fauna, the report said.
Press secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow Will Stephens confirmed the information.
He told Interfax on Sept.15 that the agreement was tasked to improve cooperation between numerous governmental agencies working together for the national interests to fight the threat of illegal and unregulated fishing.
The agreement enjoys the broad support of the U.S. fishing industry and environmental organizations in both countries, he said.
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