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FAO and Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization to boost joint efforts to combat rogue fishing

Graziano da Silva meets BSEC Secretary-General Michael B. Christides

New York, 21 July 2016 – The Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) and FAO have agreed to work together on a plan to stamp out illegal fishing practices in the Black Sea.

The announcement was made when BSEC Secretary-General Michael B. Christides and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today in New York.

They said the plan would be ready by June 2017 and that the BSEC, in relation to this, would organize a High-Level Fisheries Conference with the participation of FAO as well as the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean

To date more than 60 countries have signed the FAO-brokered Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA). 

During the talks the BSEC Secretary-General and Graziano da Silva also expressed their concern how certain transboundary animal diseases are affecting several BSEC countries whose livestock sectors contribute between 22| to 47 percent to the gross domestic product from agriculture.

Graziano da Silva encouraged the 12-member country BSEC to step up efforts to improve animal disease management in the Black Sea region.

“FAO has several tools that can be used by BSEC and its membership and is ready to develop a long-range time-bound programme to address these threats,” the FAO Director-General said.

The BSEC Secretary-General is expected to visit FAO at its Rome headquarters in the near future when both Organizations are set to sign cooperation agreement plans on agricultural development.