Call for international actions against IUU fishing

 

Call for international actions against IUU fishing

(vasep.com.vn) A group of sustainable fisheries organizations is calling on governments around the globe to do more to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

In a joint statement, SeaBOS, International Fisheries Sustainability Organization (ISSF), Global Sustainable Fisheries Initiative (GSSI), Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), Fish Alliance The Global Trade Agreement (GTA) and the Sea Treaty call on States to ratify and implement the Port State Measures Agreement; full implementation of the FAO Global Profile; and agreed with the Roadmap to combat IUU fishing adopted by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies.

In recent years, there has been a series of international agreements and commitments to address IUU fishing. But the implementation is often delayed. There is a critical and urgent need now to turn agreements and commitments into action, according to a joint statement by the groups. As seafood leaders, we are working with our supply chain partners to identify and combat IUU fishing. Member coalitions are taking action to identify and eliminate IUU (SeaBOS, ISSF, GSSI, Sea Pact); to establish full traceability in their supply chain (GDST, GTA, ISSF); to achieve 100% visibility of all transshipment operations at sea (ISSF, GTA); and pilot application of electronic systems to ensure the legality of harvested fish (Sea Pact, SeaBOS, ISSF, GTA). 

In recent years, there has been a series of international agreements and commitments to address IUU fishing

The groups have identified the Port State Measures Agreement as an important agreement that can be effective in preventing, halting and eliminating IUU fishing by preventing illegal fishing vessels from entering and docking their fishing ports. The groups said all countries must ratify the agreement and do the work necessary to properly implement the agreement, including sharing information through established global and regional platforms such as Global Record, tracking registrations and authorizations, ownership, identification and an overview of every fishing vessel's operations. ; Register all specified ports through PSMA's designated port; Support the adoption of the FAO Global Information Exchange System (GIES) at the ongoing PSMA Conference of the Parties; use these databases and rules to exchange information and enforce common law.

The Pacific, especially the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an important area, with the potential to reduce IUU fishing.

Compliance with the foregoing will ensure that the rules are applied fairly and evenly, that IUU vessels cannot continue to operate, and that all vessels provide cruise lines, and that all transits are tracked using electronic observation, monitoring, or equivalent sensor technologies. 

Groups identify the Pacific Ocean, especially the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as an important area that has the potential to reduce IUU fishing. Currently, 14 APEC economies have ratified the PSMA, and China has expressed its intention to do so by 2025. 

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