Port State Measures Agreement Entry into Force June 5

FAO Press Release: FAO Port State Measures Agreement set to become binding law

16 May 2016, Rome – Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing is about to become much more difficult thanks to the imminent entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO.
FAO PSMA Entering Into Force image May 2016
Caption (left): Inspectors will be able to check on actual fish catches on visiting ships under the new Agreement. Copyright: FAO

Now that the required threshold has been reached, with 30 Members having formally deposited their instruments of adherence, the count down to the entry into force of the PSMA is underway and on 5 June 2016 the world’s first ever binding international accord specifically targeting IUU fishing will become international law.

Collectively, the 29 countries and the European Union, which signed as a single party, have formally committed themselves through their instruments of adhesion to the Agreement account for more than 62 percent of worldwide fish imports and 49 percent of fish exports, which were $133 billion and $139 billion respectively, in 2013.

*The following States and regional economic integration organization are Parties to the Agreement: Australia, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, European Union – Member Organization, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Iceland, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palau, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Tonga, United States of America, Uruguay, and Vanuatu.

Read the Full Press Release on FAO’s website.

Further coverage of the PSMA entry in to force can be found on FAO Blue Growth Blog, including embedded video interviews with Árni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, and Matthew Camilleri, FAO Fishery Liaison Officer.

See also the Pew Charitable Trusts’ PSMA Ratification Progress page. As each country’s instrument of ratification is deposited with FAO, Pew tracks – and maps – the ratification process from signing to accession.