Solander Pacific presents submissions on PSMA

Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence chairman, Netani Rika during one their earlier sittings. Picture: FT FILE

FIFTY-three parties are included in the United Nations Food and Agriculture organization Port State Measures  (UNFAO PSMA) Agreement as of February this year. This was highlighted by Solander Pacific Limited general manager Radhika Kumar while presenting submissions to  the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and  Defence on the review of the agreement on the (PSMA) and eliminate illegal unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing in Suva earlier today .

Ms Kumar said if Fiji acceded to the agreement , the only neighboring countries not committed would be the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and Kiribati.

“Vanuatu was the recent one to accede to the agreement. To prevent the establishment of ‘Ports of Convenience’, these countries should also be encouraged to accede to the  agreement and thus provide regional solidarity,” Ms Kumar said.

“The following countries in our region that have acceded to the agreement are Australia, new Zealand, Palau, Tonga and Vanuatu.”

She added neither the People Republic of China (PRC) or Taiwan had acceded to the agreement and this could create some difficulty in administrating Port State Management.

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