Title

Model Scheme on Port State Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

Date of Publication

2007 12:00 AM

Security Theme

IUU Fishing

Keywords

IUU Fishing, IUU fishing, international agreements, policy paper

Description

The Model Scheme on Port State Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing is addressed to all States, fishing entities and regional fisheries management organizations. Its purpose is to facilitate the implementation of effective action by port States to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Following the Preamble, the Scheme addresses general considerations, issues relating to the inspection of vessels while they are in port, actions to be taken when an inspector finds there is reasonable evidence for believing that a foreign fishing vessel has engaged in, or supported, IUU fishing activities, and information that the port State should provide to the flag State. The final section of the Scheme focuses on other matters including the provision that it should be implemented in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner. The twenty-sixth session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, held in 2005, in endorsing the report and recommendations of the 2004 FAO Technical Consultation to Review Port States Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, agreed that follow-up work to the Consultation should be undertaken, especially with respect to operationalizing the Model Scheme.

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Model Scheme on Port State Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

The Model Scheme on Port State Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing is addressed to all States, fishing entities and regional fisheries management organizations. Its purpose is to facilitate the implementation of effective action by port States to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Following the Preamble, the Scheme addresses general considerations, issues relating to the inspection of vessels while they are in port, actions to be taken when an inspector finds there is reasonable evidence for believing that a foreign fishing vessel has engaged in, or supported, IUU fishing activities, and information that the port State should provide to the flag State. The final section of the Scheme focuses on other matters including the provision that it should be implemented in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner. The twenty-sixth session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, held in 2005, in endorsing the report and recommendations of the 2004 FAO Technical Consultation to Review Port States Measures to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, agreed that follow-up work to the Consultation should be undertaken, especially with respect to operationalizing the Model Scheme.