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FAO Director-General meets Korea's Minister for Oceans and Fisheries

Korea is one of the 34 countries that have acceded to the Port State Measures agreement to curb illegal fishing

FAO Director-General with Korea's Minister for Oceans and Fisheries.

12 June 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Kim Young-suk, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea, in Rome to attend FAO's Committee on Fisheries. 

Korea is one of the 34 countries (as well the European Union on behalf of its 28 members) that have acceded to the Port State Measures Agreement,  the world's first international treaty specifically aimed at tackling Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

The country has also announced that it will make a financial contribution to help its implementation. 

FAO has set up an inter-regional Technical Cooperation Programme and a Global Capacity Development Umbrella Programme to support logistical, legislative and legal aspects of translating the agreement into practice.

The PSMA treaty, shepherded by FAO since 2009, requires foreign vessels to submit to inspections at any port of call and for port states to share information on violations. An improvement on prior rules requiring countries to control the activities of their own fishing fleets, the new agreement is designed to raise the cost of IUU fishing as it blocks improperly caught fish from being brought to land and entering markets. 

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