Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


A fishing vessel suspected of being involved in illegal fishing activities. (Photo: neafc.org)

Innovative international agreement against illegal fishing in force in June

Click on the flag for more information about Italy ITALY
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 02:30 (GMT + 9)

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing will be much more difficult from now on thanks to the imminent entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), states the Organization the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

FAO announced that once the necessary threshold has been reached, with 30 member countries that have formally deposited their adhesion instruments, the countdown has begun for the entry into force of this innovative international treaty. The first international treaty in the world aimed specifically at combating IUU fishing will become an international law, which is binding, on June 5.

Together, the 29 countries and the European Union -- which has signed as individual part – who have formally committed through their adhesion instruments to the agreement account for more than 62 per cent of fish imports worldwide, and 49 per cent of exports, totalling more than USD 133,000 million and USD 139,000 million, respectively, in 2013.

FAO estimates that each year, IUU fishing adds catches amounting to 26 million tonnes, with a value reaching USD 23,000 million. In turn, it undermines the efforts to ensure sustainable fisheries and responsible management of fish stocks worldwide.

In the UN agency viewpoint, which has been the promoter of this treaty, its entry into force marks the beginning of a new era in the fight against illegal fishing.

"By not granting unscrupulous fishermen a safe harbour and market access, the PSMA will lead the entire fishing industry towards greater sustainability and will have a significant ripple effect throughout the entire distribution chain," ensured FAO general director José Graziano da Silva.

"We should not let illegal fishing operators count or direct to any port State not meeting the standards," he added and urged more countries to ratify the agreement.

"The measures of the port State" -- the basis of what will soon be an active treaty -- refer to the measures taken to detect IUU fishing when ships come to port.

The new treaty requires the parties to designate specific ports for foreign vessels, which will facilitate controls. These boats must request permission in advance to enter the ports, and provide information to local authorities, including that related to the fish on board, and allow the inspection of its logbook, licenses, fishing gear and real load, among others.

It is important to highlight that the agreement calls on countries to reject the entry or inspect vessels that have been involved in IUU fishing, and to take the necessary measures.

For increased support, it also includes the obligation for parties to share information at regional and global level regarding any ship that is discovered to be involved in illegal fishing.

The PSMA applies to any use of a port, so that even the boats that are only refuelling will have to comply with inspection requirements.

The following States and regional economic integration organizations are part of the agreement: Australia, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, European Union -- Organisation Member--, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Iceland, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palau, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Tonga, United States of America, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

[email protected]
www.fis.com

 

 

 


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Norway
Oct 21, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
Haddock quality improves with live storage
United States
Oct 21, 01:50 (GMT + 9):
Walleye could open new aquaculture opportunities at Wisconsin
Spain
Oct 21, 01:40 (GMT + 9):
Galicia and Cape Verde strengthen collaboration on fisheries
United States
Oct 21, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Live cam could show real Atlantic cod status
United Kingdom
Oct 21, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
Marine Harvest loses 125,000 salmon in Scotland due to disease outbreak
Chile
Oct 20, 23:50 (GMT + 9):
Precautionary closure of wellboat sinking zone ordered in Chiloé
United States
Oct 20, 22:40 (GMT + 9):
ARS researchers develop strep-resistant tilapia
United States
Oct 20, 22:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Salmon sex linked to geological change
Spain
Oct 20, 22:20 (GMT + 9):
Trawling modifies predator-prey relationships
New Zealand
Oct 20, 22:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Study predicts changes in marine ecosystems
Australia
Oct 20, 22:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Queensland to introduce mandatory GPS trackers for commercial fishermen to track sustainable catch
China
Oct 20, 22:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Asia's largest deep-water cage farming base in Hainan
Australia
Oct 20, 22:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Tasmanian seafood production approaches AUD 1 billion
United States
Oct 20, 21:40 (GMT + 9):
Miami offers ideal conditions to produce salmon at large scale
United States
Oct 20, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Shrimp Task Force supports dredging over diversions



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Bluefin tuna remains popular in Japan but not at the top
Japan A recent survey to 1,000 Japanese consumers shows that over 70 per cent choose to grill fish fillets while 63.8 per cent and 50.4 per cent go for sashimi and sushi, respectively, when asked how they l...
Ten rivers may dump almost 4 million tonnes of ocean plastic debris
Germany A team of scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Science, both in Germany, has found that only 10 rivers may be to blame for millions of tonnes of ocean plastic.
EU audit speeds up fishing sector's thorough checks
Thailand Thai authorities have been urged to boost the fishing sector ahead of a visit by European Union representatives to audit the country's measures against illegal fishing next month.
WTO panel rules against South Korean ban on Japanese seafood imports
Switzerland South Korea is considering appealing the World Trade Organization panel ruling in favour of Japan over its import restrictions on Japanese seafood after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2017 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER