One hundred states have now committed to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA).
Angola, Eritrea, Morocco and Nigeria are the latest countries to back the PSMA. Now 60% of port states around the world are committed to the agreement, which is a binding international instrument to combat IUU fishing.
‘Rising consumer demand and transforming agrifood systems in fisheries and aquaculture have driven global fish production to its highest levels and there is broad recognition of the need to step up the fight against IUU fishing,’ said FAO director-general QU Dongyu.
‘It is encouraging to see more States support the PSMA in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.’
FAO recently launched the PSMA Global Information Exchange System (GIES), which collects and shares official compliance-related information with a focus on port inspection results, actions taken and port entry or denials. With the FAO Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels (Global Record), the platform supports states in their efforts to implement the PSMA and complementary instruments which aim to combat IUU fishing.
‘We have a responsibility to manage and use all aquatic resources sustainably,’ said Manuel Barange, director of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Division.
‘We need to work together to step up port controls and an adequate information exchange through the implementation of the PSMA. This will contribute to transforming aquatic food systems and maximise their role as drivers of employment, economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability.’
FAO has so far assisted more than 50 countries to review their legislation, strengthen their institutional capacity, improve their monitoring, control and surveillance systems and operations, to effectively implement port state measures and fulfil their international responsibilities as flag, coastal and market states.
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