More countries commit to tightening grip against illegal fishing
FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva. (Photo: Renato Araújo/Agência Brasil)
An increasing number of countries are joining a global agreement to help stop illegal fishing, matching the celebration of the first International Struggling Day against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU). It is estimated that IUU fishing affects one in every five fish caught, with an annual cost of up to USD 23,000 million.
June 5 was chosen as the date to highlight the scourge of illegal fishing because it is the anniversary of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), which entered into force in 2016. The PSMA is the first legally binding international agreement of specific way to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. So far, 54 States and the European Union are parties to the agreement, and many have already begun to implement its provisions.
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