International guidelines to combat IUU fishing

The FAO has developed international guidelines to cut down on IUU fishing by improving the accountability of flag states.

The Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance have been agreed upon after over five years of consensus-building among FAO Member Countries. The guidelines will be presented to the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) for endorsement at its next Session in June 2014.

The guidelines include recommended approaches to encourage and help flag states comply with their international duties and obligations regarding the flagging and control of fishing vessels. They also present possible actions in response to non-compliance.

“The Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance are a real breakthrough. They will be a valuable tool in efforts to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” said Árni Mathiesen, FAO assistant director-general for Fisheries and Aquaculture.

“Ultimately, these guidelines can help to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of precious, living marine resources and ecosystems,” Mr Mathiesen added.

The proposed guidelines include performance assessment criteria and procedures for carrying out assessments, and the cooperation between flag states and coastal states. They also look at ways to encourage compliance and deter non-compliance by flag states; ways to cooperate with and assist developing states in capacity development, and the role that FAO can play in supporting these processes.

Latest Jobs

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR— FISH FARMS IN AFRICA

African Century Foods is a fully integrated tilapia producer with its own broodstock, hatchery, grow... Read more

Media Sales Executive

We are looking for an experienced Sales Executive to join our award winning B2B media company. Merc... Read more

Fishery Technical Officer - 7601

We are seeking four experienced technical fisheries officers to join our busy fisheries, biodiversit... Read more

Assistant Hatchery Manager

Marine Harvest is one of the largest seafood companies in the world, and the world’s largest produce... Read more

Events Sales Executive - Conferences

We are looking for an experienced & talented Sales Executive to join our award winning B2B media com... Read more

View all jobs