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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.


The transmittal, electronic exchange and publication of information are key components of the PSMA and are essential if it is to meet its objective. There are several references to information [...]
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 May 2018.  Access the document here. [...]
This document contains the report of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group (Part 6 Working Group) established by the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures [...]