Cuba agrees to global efforts to control illegal fishing

In March, Cuba signed the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. FAO underlined that Cuba has helped to promote global efforts targeting illegal fishing by acceding to a FAO-brokered international pact, which now requires the adherence by just one more party before coming into force.

Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations agencies in Rome, Alba Soto Pimentel, today formally presented FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva with Cuba’s instrument of accession to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

“Cuba’s accession to this international treaty is a sign of the political will of the Government of Cuba to contribute in an effective and concrete way in support of measures for the protection and sustainability of ecosystems and the preservation of marine biodiversity,” Ambassador Soto Pimentel said.

For his part, the FAO Director-General strongly welcomed Cuba’s accession. “I am sure it is an example which will be followed by many other countries in the Caribbean region,” Graziano da Silva said.

The Agreement, which will create binding obligations, comes into force when 25 countries or regional economic blocs have deposited their instrument of adherence with the FAO Director-General. With Cuba’s adherence 23 countries and the European Union, on behalf of its members, have deposited 24 instruments of adherence. Among the latest are Barbados, Guyana, Republic of Korea, South Africa and the United States.

Graziano da Silva has expressed confidence that the target of 25 could be reached by July this year.

Illicit fishing, which includes operating without authorization, harvesting protected species, using outlawed fishing gear and violating quota limits, may account for up to 26 million tonnes a year, or more than 15 percent, of the world’s total annual capture fisheries output.

[Photo above by Giulio Napolitano, FAO.]

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