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Sweden announces $5.4 million contribution to FAO to step up implementation of Port State Measures Agreement

In talks with Rural Affairs Minister FAO Director-General hails the country’s commitment with sustainable fisheries

8 June 2017, New York – The Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs, Sven Erik Bucht, today announced officially Sweden’s contribution of $5.4 million to FAO to combat IUU fishing in a meeting with FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva.

“IUU fishing activities are a threat to marine life and impede the development and prosperity of vulnerable countries and must be completely stopped,” he said.

The meeting took place on the margins of a side event on the implementation of the Port State Measures (PSMA) agreement at the United Nations Ocean Conference.

International efforts to crack down on IUU fishing made a major step forward in 2016, when the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) entered into legal force. The international treaty brokered by FAO now has nearly 50 parties, including the European Union, Indonesia, the United States of America and – soon – Japan as well as many Small Island Developing States.

“I am very confident that we shall move ahead together to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing,” FAO Director-General said praising Sweden’s commitment for sustainable fisheries.

Graziano da Silva expressed his appreciation for the longstanding cooperation between Sweden and FAO in fields which include gender, forestry, fisheries, climate change, land tenure and decent rural employment.

He also noted the Minister’s personal engagement to promote the rural jobs and development to make rural areas an attractive option for the youth.

In that regard, both principals discussed the recent visit of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden to a high level event on rural women held at FAO.

Sustainable fisheries in the global agenda

FAO is playing a leading role in pursuing a core target of Sustainable Development Goal 14, which calls for ending the scourge of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing by 2020. So-called IUU fishing accounts for up to 26 million tonnes of fish a year, one-sixth of all the fight caught at sea and worth $23 billion. It also directly undermines efforts to make sure marine resources are sustainably used.