Fiji Boosts Fight Against Il­le­gal Fish­ing

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Source: Min­istry of Fish­eries

Af­ter a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in Par­lia­ment this week, Fiji has now agreed on Port State Mea­sures to pre­vent, de­ter and elim­i­nate il­le­gal, un­re­ported and un­reg­u­lated (IUU) fish­ing.

The Port State Mea­sure aims to en­sure the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of fish stocks and en­sur­ing that there is con­trol over the work done to elim­i­nate the neg­a­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and so­cial con­se­quences posed by IUU fish­ing.

The threat of IUU fish­ing has af­fected many coun­tries around the world. Some have lost a sub­stan­tial amount of rev­enue, which has af­fected the liveli­hood of its peo­ple.

While the Port State Mea­sure Agree­ments fills the gap in the in­ter­na­tional fish­eries gov­er­nance frame­work through the cre­ation of a legally bind­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dard for Port State Mea­sures, it is con­sis­tent with the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment’s For­eign Pol­icy Agenda, in par­tic­u­lar, its ob­jec­tive to build eco­nomic growth from sus­tain­able use of nat­u­ral re­sources. The en­dorse­ment of the Port State Mea­sures will now reaf­firm the pri­or­i­ties re­flected in Fiji’s Ocean Path­way, which was launched in Bonn, Ger­many, last year.

In do­ing so, Fiji as an in­de­pen­dent na­tion is re­in­forc­ing it’s rep­u­ta­tion as a re­spon­si­ble fish­ing state; and in turn help raise the stan­dard of Port State Mea­sures in the Pa­cific.

Fish­ing ves­sels visit Fiji to off­load its catch, re­stock sup­plies, pro­vi­sion­ing and ves­sel main­te­nance.

While this brings ben­e­fit to the na­tion, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Port State Mea­sures will al­low us to iden­tify ves­sels of in­ter­est and il­le­gal ves­sels that may visit our ports.

Fiji, who is also a mem­ber of the Fo­rum Fish­eries Agency, be­comes the sixth mem­ber to agree to the world’s first treaty de­signed to com­bat IUU.

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