FAO Port State Measures Agreement On Illegal Fishing To Enter Into Force On June 5

Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) of the Food and Agriculture Organnisation (FAO) will enter into force on 5 June 2016. The agreement seeks to ensure sustainable fisheries and responsible fish stock management globally.

The agreement is world’s first-ever international agreement specifically targeting illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) championed by FAO. This became possible after 29 countries and the European Union formally deposited their instrument of adherence to the PSMA.

The new agreement requires that parties designate specific ports for use by foreign vessels, making control easier. Those ships must request permission to enter ports ahead of time, and provide local authorities with information, including on the fish they have on board. The ships must also allow inspection of their log book, licences, fishing gear and actual cargo, among other things. 

So let’s do:
1. Expand the term PSMA and FAO ?

Source – The Hindu


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