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Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)

The Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) is the first binding international agreement to specifically target illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Its objective is to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing by preventing vessels engaged in IUU fishing from using ports and landing their catches. In this way, the PSMA reduces the incentive of such vessels to continue to operate while it also blocks fishery products derived from IUU fishing from reaching national and international markets. The effective implementation of the PSMA ultimately contributes to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and marine ecosystems. The provisions of the PSMA apply to fishing vessels seeking entry into a designated port of a State which is different to their flag State.

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This document contains the report of the second meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing held [...]
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This document, continuously updated by the FAO's Legal Office, provides information about the Status of each Party to the PSMA.  The document was last updated in June 2019.  Access the document here. [...]
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Interview with Dr Matthew Camilleri, Head, Fishing Operations and Technology Branch (FIAO) within the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations about the Agreement [...]