PH’s efforts to manage marine resources recognized by FAO
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said it recognizes the Philippines’ acceptance of two international agreements that will further boost efforts in ensuring sustainable management of the country’s marine resources.
The Philippines is a global center of marine biodiversity and boasts one of the longest coastlines in the world.
The country is among the top fish producers globally, according to FAO’s 2018 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report.
To be specific, the Philippine Government has formally accepted the Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas (The Compliance Agreement), and the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA).
The two agreements were approved by FAO Member States and entered into force in 2003 and 2016, respectively.
“Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing continue to be a major threat to our marine resources, as well as to the well-being and resilience of fishing communities whose livelihoods and food security depend on this vital sector,” FAO Representative to the Philippines José Luis Fernandez said.
“The effective implementation of these international instruments ultimately contributes to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and marine ecosystems. FAO stands ready to support governments, including the Philippines, in their capacity to formulate sound measures to combat IUU fishing, and promote management and development of the fisheries sector,” he added.