This week the parties to the Port State Measures Agreement met in Oslo. The meeting set out a framework for actions and reporting on its implementation. Several of the 48 countries that have ratified the agreement are developing countries. These are requesting training, capacity-building and support in the implementation of the PSMA.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende expressed that as fisheries are central in the Norwegian economy, Norway has a great interest in the implementation of the agreement. Steady population growth and increasing demand for the ocean’s resources requires an increase in the supply of fish. However, the world’s fish stocks are seriously depleted. Here, the Foreign Minister underscored that the PSMA is a central tool to ensure that fish stocks are managed in the sustainable way.
Norway will support training of inspectors and key personnel in the ports, give assistance in the development of national regulation and help with monitoring. Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg, stated that this is important as illegal fishing is a form of stealing from the collective. It is also a threat to the ocean resources. In addition, it creates unfair competition in the fishery industry.
The PSMA is negotiated through the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). FAO is the custodian agency and is responsible for the coordination and monitoring of the work. They are also responsible for the management of the Norwegian funds. The responsibility for the implementation of the agreement rests with national governments.
Read more about the work against IUU-fishing: http://www.fao.org/port-state-measures/en/