Following a five-day workshop Palau and the UN FAO are fine tuning a course of action and strategy to combat IUU fishing and for building capacity for its  effective implementation adhering to the Port State Measure Agreement.

In 2015, The Republic of Palau acceded to the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing .

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The Agreement was  entered into force on 5 June 2016 and  will help  prevent vessels engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing from using ports and landing their catches, fishery products derived from IUU fishing are blocked from reaching national and international markets.

The workshop was FAO’s technical assistance to conduct a needs assessment of ROP´s capacity to implement the PSMA and formulate a national strategy and action plan to fulfill the requirements under the agreement.

The strategy and roadmap are the result of a consultative process carried out within the framework of a national workshop from 28 August to 1 September 2017 involving   stakeholders.

King Sam, special advisor to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism (MNRET) said that action plan include building capacity of the government to implement the IUU, it will also coordinate efforts among government agencies which protect the borders whether at the sea or airport to combat IUU through effective data collection.

Sam said the action plan and strategy are still in the draft stage but it’s expected to finalized to ensure that Palau has the necessary instrument to effectively implement the agreement to stop vessels engaged in IUU at the country’s borders. [/restrict]