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FAO, more efforts against illegal fishing

With Angola, Eritrea, Morocco and Nigeria there are 100 states committed to the Psma agreement

09, Nov 2022

The number of states that have committed themselves to the PSMA, Port state measures agreement on port state measures signed with the FAO has reached 100. With Angola, Eritrea, Morocco and Nigeria, the states now engaged in the agreement are 60%.

The PSMA is the first binding international agreement designed to prevent, discourage and eliminate the so-called Inn, illegal, undeclared and unregulated fishing. preventing vessels engaged in illegal fishing from using ports, landing their catches or denying entry.

"The increase in consumer demand and the transformation of agri-food systems in fisheries and aquaculture have brought global fish production to the highest level and there is widespread recognition of the need to step up the fight against Inn fishing, i.e. illegal fishing. , undeclared and unregulated, "says FAO Director General Qu Dongyu.

According to the latest FAO estimates, one in five fish caught worldwide each year comes from illegal fishing with devastating impacts on the sustainability of fishing and the livelihoods of those who depend on it, but also on the conservation of marine ecosystems.

Illegal fishing, the FAO points out, is an activity that undermines national, regional and global efforts to achieve sustainable fishing and its elimination is the key to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Precisely for this reason, the FAO has recently launched a system that collects and shares official information relating to compliance with particular attention to the results of port inspections, the actions taken and entry or denials in ports.

"We have a responsibility to manage and use all aquatic resources in a sustainable way - adds the director of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, Manuel Barange -. We must work together to intensify port controls and an adequate exchange of information".

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Rome, RM, Italy, 08/11/2022 19:31
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