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National Plan of Action to combat, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishng
by National Fisheries Authority, Papua New Guinea (Government)
The goal of this NPOA-IUU is to identify actions that can help to combat, deter and eliminate IUU fishing in PNG to ensure the long term sustainability of its fisheries and marine resources. The NPOA-IUU enlists the specific action items that are developed and implemented to prevent the occurrence and incidents of IUU fishing.

The NPOA-IUU is based on the UN FAO International Plan of Action to deter, prevent and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IPOA-IUU) fishing. It is a living document and has been reviewed four (4) times by key stakeholders in Papua New Guinea. It has also been audited by the European Union. Through this process of consultation, a number of key action items have already been achieved.
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
Ongoing Cooperation and engagement in regional compliance efforts, including seas patrols, bilateral collaboration with flag states, market states and coastal states.
The Review of Fisheries Legislations
Ratification and Accession to the UN FAO Port State Measures
Automation of fishery level data collection, collation and reporting
Financing (in USD)
1,000,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Dedicated Officers have been trained and appointed to implement the NPOA-IUU
Basic information
Time-frame: 2014 May - 2020
Papua New Guinea Defense Force (Government), Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (Government), Papua New Guinea Customs Services (Government), Papua New Guinea Ports Corporation (Government), National Maritime Safety Authority (Government), Papua New Guinea Magisterial Services (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
John Edward Kasu, Managing Director, jkasu@fisheries.gov.pg, +675 309 0444
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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