PSMA enforcement will deter unregulated fishing activities: Vosawale

A new aerial surveillance programme funded by the Australian Government will be used by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to address and monitor illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in members security and maritime domain. Picture: FT FILE

THE Republic of Fiji Navy (RFN) believes that Port State Measures Arrangement (PSMA) enforcement will deter Illegal Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activities with great benefits to Fiji.
This was highlighted by RFN support commander Marika Vosawale while presenting submissions to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence on the review of the agreement on the PSMA and eliminate IUU fishing.
Commander Vosawale said the positives of the agreement would improve fisheries sustainability.
“The treaty’s principal objective is to support sustainable fisheries for the long term, which in turn ensures the sustainability of the marine environment. IUU fishing negatively affects fisheries management and increases the damage caused to stock health from overfishing,” he said.
He added it would also be cost-effective because sea patrols and aerial surveillance were necessary but expensive ways to establish and maintain fisheries monitoring, control, and surveillance.
A report by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) on IUU fishing in the Pacific estimated that from 2010 to 2015, around 306,440 tonnes were harvested illegally with an estimated cost of $US616.11 million ($F1.27 billion).

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