“We particularly welcome these measures and reiterate the call for no-nonsense implementation of our fisheries laws and international commitments,” she added.
IUUF is a global threat to fisheries, which are in an alarming state of decline, notwithstanding the management and conservation of both fisheries and marine biodiversity.
PSMs, on the other hand, have been proven to deter IUUF, making them strong instruments to fight illegal fishers.
PSMs are requirements of port states which oblige the compliance of all foreign fishing vessels in return for the right to dock and use port facilities.
Typical PSMs include notification of port entry, use of designated ports, restrictions on entry, landing and transshipment of seafood catches, restrictions on supplies or services, regular port inspections, plus trade sanctions against IUUF.
According to FAO, the growing reliance on port states to combat unsustainable fishing practices stems to a great extent from the failure of flag states to effectively control fishing operations carried out by vessels flying their flags.
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