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Fiji has acceded to the agreement on Port state measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
This comes after weeks of submissions made to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.
Fijian parliament unanimously approved the agreement which entered into force on 05 June, 2016.
Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says port state measures are measures port states apply to vessels from the time they request entry to port the time it leaves the port, like vessel inspections.
“The agreement establishes a set of minimum standards on the management of access by foreign-flagged fishing vessels (not including foreign-flagged charter vessels) and related support vessels to ports. The agreement fills a gap in the international fisheries governance framework by setting internationally agreed standards for port state measures.”
This will reduce the availability of ‘ports of convenience’ – ports with weak controls in place making it increasingly difficult and less economic to undertake IUU fishing.
A reduction of IUU fishing will have environmental, economic and social benefits, including economic benefits for Fijian fishers operating in high-value international fisheries targeted by IUU fishers.
Meanwhile, Fiji has also ratified the World Health Organisation’s protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.
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