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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Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a major threat to fisheries’ sustainability. It occurs in all types of fishing. It impacts fish stocks, vulnerable marine ecosystems, and the livelihoods [...]
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This document contains the report of the third meeting of the Part 6 Working Group established by the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and [...]
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The second meeting of the PSMA Open-ended Technical Working Group on Information Exchange (TWG-IE) was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 15 to 17 May 2019. The TWG-IE commended [...]