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Strengthening fisheries governance and States capacities to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (United Nations entity)
The objective of the commitment is to strengthen fisheries governance and States capacities to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through the implementation of the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) and complementary instruments and tools. This objective will be achieved through a three-pronged approach, including:

1. As instructed by the Parties to the PSMA (the Parties) and subsidiary working groups, supporting the administration and implementation of the Agreement, by, inter alia:

a) providing technical support to the Parties and their working groups, including with respect to the development of reporting templates and protocols, and a global electronic information exchange mechanism;
b) developing an online portal for the publicity and dissemination of information provided by the Parties, including information on designated ports, national contact points, and any other relevant information useful for the implementation of the PSMA;
c) administering, and acting as the implementing office for, the Assistance Fund established under Article 21 of the Agreement for the purpose of assisting developing State Parties in the implementation of the Agreement;
d) assisting the Parties in the monitoring and assessment of the implementation of the Agreement including through the formulation, in collaboration with the Parties, of an online questionnaire to be completed biennially and the convening of meetings of the Parties every two years;
e) undertaking the duties of the secretariat of the meetings of the Parties and its subsidiary working groups, along with the functions of rapporteur for all meetings and publishing all meeting reports.

2. Bolstering FAO capacity development activities to support developing States Parties to PSMA and other FAO members, in particular the least-developed among them and small island developing states (SIDS), in enhancing their capacity to combat IUU fishing. Capacity development will focus on strengthening States policy, legal, institutional and operational frameworks to comply with the requirements of the PSMA and other relevant international instruments, tools and regional mechanisms. This will be achieved through a combination of global programmes, regional and national projects and ad hoc country level assistance executed by FAO in partnership with concerned stakeholders and funded through the FAO regular programme and voluntary contributions from States and other partners.

3. Promoting the implementation and further development of complementary tools to combat IUU fishing, such as the Voluntary Guidelines for Catch Documentation Schemes and the Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels. To this end, FAO will continue to ensure that these complementary tools are included in its capacity building initiatives.

A special unit will be set up by FAO to specifically address its commitments under the PSMA, to ensure that it fulfills its roles as instructed by the Parties to the PSMA, and to coordinate the development and implementation of capacity development initiatives.
14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
14.4
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
14.7
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
14.b
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
14.c
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
June 2022
Support the Parties to the PSMA in the administration, implementation and the monitoring and assessment of the implementation of the Agreement.
June 2022
Deliver capacity development assistance to support developing States Parties to the PSMA and other FAO members, in particular the least-developed among them and SIDS, in enhancing their capacity to combat IUU fishing through the adherence and effective implementation of the PSMA and complementary international instruments, tools and regional mechanisms.
June 2022
Promote the implementation and further development of complementary tools to combat IUU fishing.
June 2022
Set up a special unit within FAO to specifically address its commitments under the PSMA, to ensure that it fulfills its roles as instructed by the Parties to the PSMA, and to coordinate the development and implementation of capacity development initiatives.
Staff / Technical expertise
Resources to support this voluntary commitment will include financing, in-kind contributions and the provision of staff and technical expertise, by both FAO and partners. Resources committed and administered by FAO are estimated at $14,000,000 USD over 5
In-kind contribution
Resources to support this voluntary commitment will include financing, in-kind contributions and the provision of staff and technical expertise, by both FAO and partners. Resources committed and administered by FAO are estimated at $14,000,000 USD over 5
Other, please specify
Resources to support this voluntary commitment will include financing, in-kind contributions and the provision of staff and technical expertise, by both FAO and partners. Resources committed and administered by FAO are estimated at $14,000,000 USD over 5
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Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - June 2022
Partners
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO members (Governments), Intergovernmental Organizations (including Regional Fishery Bodies), Non-governmental Organizations, Private Sector
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Global
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
  • South Atlantic
  • South Pacific
  • Southern Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Matthew Camilleri, Fishery Liaison Officer, Matthew.Camilleri@fao.org,
Roma, Italia
Other SDGs
United Nations