Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA)

Checklists and technical guidelines to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Volume II: a legal checklist of the main duties and responsibilities of coastal, flag and port States, and internationally agreed market-related measures to..

05/08/2021 FAO

This document is the second volume of a series of publications entitled “Checklists and technical guidelines to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing”.

The present checklist is intended to be used in the review of national legal frameworks, including primary and secondary
fisheries legislation. Ideally it should be used after an assessment of the legal, policy, and institutional frameworks has been undertaken at the national level, together with operational systems and procedures.

Gaps should previously be identified using the first volume of the series, “A consolidated checklist of coastal, flag and port State responsibilities to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing”, as a reference. Other detailed checklists and guidance on policy, institutional, operational and technical components to combat IUU fishing can be found in subsequent volumes of this series.

This checklist aims to provide users who are the primary actors in implementing the obligations of States under international law, including officials of States and particularly developing States, with a comprehensive checklist in order to assess the level of conformity of the national legal framework with the relevant international legally binding and non-binding instruments relevant to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing. 

This checklist is a product of the FAO Global Programme to Support the Implementation of the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) and Complementary International Instruments and Regional Mechanisms to Combat IUU Fishing (hereinafter “the Programme”).

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