Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service (FWS), Department of the Interior, protects wildlife and plant resources through the effective enforcement of Federal laws. We contribute to Fish and Wildlife Service efforts to recover endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, safeguard fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation. The Service’s mission is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Role in the Working Group:
The FWS investigates the illegal harvest, import, export, and interstate and international sale of fishery resources protected under Federal, State, and foreign law, and seeks appropriate criminal and civil penalties for these crimes. We combat wildlife trafficking, work to reduce consumer demand, and not only conserve for the species, but also for the future generations to enjoy the wonders of the world’s wildlife.
Unless exempted, all trade, including fish and fishery products, requires FWS clearance. Domestically, OLE works with other Federal agencies to address wildlife trafficking including incidents that simultaneously involve IUU fishing and seafood fraud. Internationally, OLE also works with other nations through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to address these and other issues involving illegal wildlife trade and sustainable use of wildlife and fishery resources.
OLE has broad regulatory management authorities over fish, wildlife, and plants. We enforce Federal, State, tribal, and international laws such
as the Lacey Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and CITES.
OLE is unwavering in working with our domestic and international law enforcement partners and steadfast in our resolve to ensure honest, legal, safe, and transparent transport and sale of fish and sea life, to fight IUU fishing, and to stop seafood fraud.