Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Ambassador Deo Saran met with Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Mr Craig Strong this afternoon to discuss on the way forward for the implementation phase of Port State Measures (PSMA).

Mr Saran who had deposited the instrument of accession to the Agreement on PSMA at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy two weeks ago said that the agreement marks a new chapter in Fiji’s own history as it further commits Fiji to international fisheries governance and reinforces Fiji’s reputation as s responsible fishing state.

Mr Strong reassured Mr Saran that the ministry is committed to the cause and looks forward to working with his team in further implementation of PSMA.

The PSMA is the first binding international agreement aimed at combating illegal fishing.

Its objective is to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing by preventing vessels engaged in IUU fishing from using ports and landing their catches.

In this way, the PSMA reduces the incentive of such vessels to continue to operate while it also blocks fishery products derived from IUU fishing from reaching national, regional and international markets.

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