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Joint Working Group on IUU fishing

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The Joint FAO/IMO ad hoc Working Group on IUU fishing was established in October 2000.

The establishment of the Joint FAO/IMO Ad Hoc Working Group on IUU Fishing and Related Matters (JWG) was prompted by a call from the twenty-third session of FAO’s Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in February 1999 for FAO to obtain assistance from IMO with regard to fishing vessels flying flags of convenience and general concerns about re-flagging and IUU fishing.

In April 1999, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development highlighted the issues of flag and port State responsibilities and the need for FAO and IMO to cooperate on solving problems relating to IUU Fishing.

As a result, the Secretariats of IMO and FAO worked together to facilitate the creation of the JWG.

The first session was held in Rome, Italy from 9 to 11 October 2000, and the report is available here.

The second session was held in Rome, Italy from 16 to 18 July 2007, and the report is available here.

The third session was held in London from 16 to 18 November 2015, and the report is available here.

Read this article about examples of collaboration between FAO and IMO.