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FAO Director-General meets Sudan's Minister of Animal Resources

Port State Measures agreement helps preserve countries' rights, Minister says

12 June 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General today met Musa Tibin Musa Adam, Federal Minister for Animal Resources of the Republic of the Sudan, in Rome to attend the Organization’s Committee on Fisheries (11-15 July) and at a special event held to celebrate the entry into force of the Port State Measures agreement (PSMA) on Monday.

The agreement is the world's first international treaty specifically aimed at tackling Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

FAO Director-General praised Sudan's effort, as it is one of the 34 countries (plus the European Union on behalf of its 28 members) that have acceded to the binding agreement.

"Sudan's coastal line is of 850 km along the Red Sea, which is very rich in the different marine resources, fish and other species. In the country, we have no facilities to fish, but we always have ships coming from different countries and fishing in our waters. This agreement is very useful, because everybody to ensure there is no illegal fishing," the Minister said in remarks after the meeting, adding this will allow to preserve Sudan and other countries' rights. 

Watch the Minister's remarks on the Port State Measures agreement: