Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)

FAO mission to Guinea looks at legal and operational levels


From 2 – 7 June 2024, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) carried out a field mission in the Republic of Guinea as the current project financing several activities nears its end.

Since September 2021, FAO has been conducting a project, funded by the Kingdom of Norway, which aims to strengthen fisheries governance, including through the effective implementation of the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) and complementary international instruments aimed at preventing, deterring and eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. An earlier project in Guinea, also funded by Norway, was carried out between 2017 and 2021.

This latest mission in Conakry, led by a FAO expert, looked at the legal and operational levels. Special attention was given to the new draft fisheries code and implementing decree, drawn up with the assistance of FAO, which are in the final phase before being presented to the Council of Ministers. During this mission, a further three complementary regulatory texts, relating to the vessel monitoring system (VMS), reporting obligations using the fishing logbook, and the supervision of transshipments, were also drafted. The model of standard operating procedures (SOPs) manual developed by FAO for the National Fisheries Surveillance and Police Centre (CNSP), was adopted as well as several operational procedures related to fisheries monitoring.

This mission was funded under the project GCP/GL/352/NOR.