Oman closes its ports to pirate fishing
Friday, May 22, 2015, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) praises Oman government’s port measures intended to close its ports to vessels suspected of engaging in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Somalia.
The NGO reported that the step follows Oman’s ratification of the Port State Measures Agreement, an international measure designed to stop IUU fish reaching markets.
“Oman has taken an important step. Closing markets to fish that is not demonstrably legal is a critical part of the international fight against IUU, “pirate” fishing. By applying these port state measures, Oman is helping legitimate fishers, helping to protect the environment and fish stocks and helping coastal communities along the Somali coast,” pointed out Steve Trent, Executive Director of EJF.
For his part, Ahmed Al-Mazrouai, Director General of Fisheries Resour... FULL STORY