Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)

Liberia accedes to the Agreement on Port State Measures


Liberia has deposited its instrument of accession to the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The PSMA comes into force in Liberia today, 21 June 2019, making Liberia the 61st Party to have ratified the Agreement.

The 61 Parties include the European Union, which comprises 28 Member States.

The PSMA is the first binding international agreement to specifically target IUU fishing, by preventing vessels engaged in IUU fishing from using ports and landing their catches.

Liberia is the eighth country from the 12 coastal countries of West Africa to have ratified the PSMA, clearly demonstrating the region’s increased commitment and efforts to block fish caught from IUU fishing from being landed at its ports, and reaching national and international markets.