Support for anti-illegal fishing pact sought
The Food and Agriculture Organization Wednesday urged governments to implement a landmark treaty against illegal fishing, saying rapid action was needed to ensure that its implementation was effective.
FAO director general José Graziano da Silva described the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing—which went into force last June 5—as “the first-ever binding international accord that focuses specifically on illicit fishing.”
First adopted as an FAO agreement in 2009 “after a years-long diplomatic effort,” the treaty is now adopted for implementation in at least 30 countries including Burma (Myanmar) and South Korea.
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