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Treaty to end rogue fishing progresses

Staff Writer | June 6, 2017
A new international treaty, which has been hailed as a milestone for the beginning of the end of rogue fishing, has taken another step forward with two new countries joining the agreement.
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Fish   The first Meeting of the Parties
The FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva attended the first Meeting of the Parties of the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.

“The PSMA gives the world all the instruments necessary to achieve our goal," he said as he addressed the meeting, which was hosted by the Government of Norway, to hammer out details regarding the implementation of the PSMA.

The PSMA will soon have 48 parties - counting all 28 members of the European Union as one - with Japan and Montenegro about to join after having deposited their instruments of adhesion.

This gives the one-year-old treaty added leverage, Mr da Silva said, adding that he was very confident more countries will join in the near future.

“One of the main conditions for the PSMA to achieve good results is to have a large number of countries preventing vessels from landing their illegal catches.”

“Otherwise, if a vessel cannot disembark their catches in one country, it will to do in the neighbouring country.”

The PSMA is expected to generate a number of co-benefits, which include reducing pressure on the sustainability of marine fisheries, developing fisheries governance, improving livelihoods and food security of coastal communities and reducing illegal activities linked to IUU fishing.