The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) has the backing of 100 countries ready to step up the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, FAO said in a November 7 statement

The PSMA is the first binding international agreement specifically designed to prevent, deter, and eliminate IUU fishing by denying access and use of ports to foreign vessels engaged in or supporting such fishing, the FAO indicated. Now, 60 percent of the world’s port countries are committed to international instruments to combat IUU fishing.

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