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FAO Director-General attends the Port State Measures first Meeting of the Parties

Graziano da Silva hails landmark treaty as beginning of end for rogue fishing

FAO Director-General in talks with Sudan's Minister of Animal Resources and the country's Director General of Fisheries and Aquaculture during a boat trip ahead of the meeting.

31 May 2017, Oslo - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today attended the first Meeting of the Parties of the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, an international treaty aimed at stopping rogue fishing practices.

“The PSMA gives the world all the instruments necessary to achieve our goal," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the meeting, hosted by the Government of Norway to hammer out details regarding the implementation of the PSMA.

The PSMA will soon have 48 parties - counting all 28 members of the European Union as one - with Japan and Montenegro about to join after having deposited their instruments of adhesion. This gives the one-year-old treaty added heft, Graziano da Silva said, adding that he was very confident more countries will join in the near future.

Bilateral meetings

During his visit, the Director-General met with numerous officials from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) who emphatically urged FAO to advocate for broader membership of PSMA, especially among other island states in the Pacific and Caribbean. They all concurred that the treaty would be much more effective if more island states – many of whom are highly reliant on open-sea fishing but lack the means to police their seas – became parties.

Graziano da Silva met President Tommy Remengesau of Palau and thanked him for his active role as an advocate against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and for his personal efforts to promote the implementation of the PSMA.

He also met the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) Director-General, Jon Lomøy, to discuss the solid cooperation with the country on strategic areas including climate-smart agriculture, forestry, fisheries, genetic resources and the right to food.

At the meeting, the country’s State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Tone Skogen announced a contribution for the implementation of the Treaty.

Norway is among FAO’s top resource partners and has been the third largest donor of voluntary contributions to the organization in the last biennium. 

FAO Director-General also met with ministers from Dominica, Guinea, Guyana, Tonga and Sudan. They requested FAO's support for the implementation of the agreement, in particular in relation to capacity building, training and adaptation to their national legislation.