IMO Joining Forces To Combat Illegal, Unreported And Unregulated Fishing

IMO Joining Forces To Combat Illegal, Unreported And Unregulated Fishing 1

Fishing that is done without proper authorization is called illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. For the conservation and management of the fish stocks, the national, regional and global efforts can be undermined and also leads in the poor safety and working conditions for the fishers.

All stakeholders are to collaborate in order to tackle the issue. The three UN agencies- the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) that form the Joint Working Group addressed the IUU fishing when they met in Torremolinos, Spain.

The three organizations were recommended by the group to promote and support the development of ways that can help in increasing coordination and sharing of information for the inspection procedures at national level.

The efforts to build the capacity were focused on. Information sharing and sharing of experience for the development of the potential integrated capacity and technical cooperation programme on IUU fishing was recommended. To promote some important international instruments in training institution like the World Maritime University, the World Fisheries University, the IMO International Maritime Law Institute and the ILO International Training Centre was also suggested.

The 4th Joint Working Group meeting of FAO, ILO and IMO was on the IUU fishing and other subjects related to it. It was attended by the representatives from States and other organizations comprising IGOs and NGOs. The relevant bodies of the FAO, ILO and IMO will be submitted the recommendations.

After the Ministerial Conference on Fishing Vessel Safety and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (21-23 October), the JWG met. The ratification of the Cape Town Agreement was promoted in the conference that was organized by IMO and the Government of Spain. This is an important treaty of IMO for the safety of the fishing vessels. It expected that the entry into the Cape Town Agreement will contribute to the fight against IUU fishing by giving a mandatory regime all over the globe for the safety of fishing vessel.

 

Reference: IMO

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