Nigeria, Angola, Eritrea, and Morocco are the four African nations who have vowed to work with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on the continent.
The FAO reports that 100 nations have now ratified the UN FAO Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA). It bemoaned the fact that attempts to develop sustainable fisheries in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN have continued to be undermined by IUU fishing on a national, regional, and international level (SDGs).
The PSMA Global Information Exchange System (GIES), newly introduced by the FAO, will gather and exchange data on official compliance with an emphasis on port inspection outcomes, measures taken, and port entrance or rejections.
The platform would assist nations in their efforts to implement the PSMA and additional instruments to combat IUU fishing thanks to the FAO worldwide database of fishing vessels, refrigerated transport vessels, and supply vessels (global record).