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FAO Director-General meets Tonga's Agriculture Minister

"We need to strengthen capacity of countries to enforce the law"- Minister Fakahau

13 June 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Tonga's Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries, Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, who was in Rome to attend FAO's annual Committee on Fisheries. 

FAO Director-General praised Tongas'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 Port State Measures Agreement,  the world's first international treaty specifically aimed at tackling Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

"This agreement is very important for us, specially in the Pacific, because when we talk about Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing we are talking about tuna fisheries, and this is the renewable natural resource that all the Pacific shares," the Minister said in remarks after the meeting. "We need to strengthen the capacity of individual countries to be able to enforce the law so that all fishing vessels follow," he added noting the strength of regional cooperation.  

Watch the minister's remarks on the Port State Measures agreement and the importance of sustainable management of marine resources: