On 5 June, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.
"This is a great day in the continuing effort to build sustainable fisheries that can help feed the world," said FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva in a press release.
"We hail those countries that have already signed on to the agreement and who will begin implementing it as of today. We invite governments who have yet to do so, to join the collective push to stamp out illegal fishing and safeguard the future of our ocean resources,” Mr. Graziano da Silva added.
According to FAO, parties to the Agreement are obliged to implement a number of measures while managing ports under their control, with the goals of detecting illegal fishing, stopping ill-caught fish from being offloaded and sold, and ensuring information on unscrupulous vessels is shared globally.
Ships suspected of being involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing can be denied entry into port outright - or permitted to enter for inspection purposes only and refused permission to offload fish, refuel, or resupply.
Adapted from the UN
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