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Australia Ratifies Key U.N. Treaty to End Illegal Fishing

The Australian Government has ratified the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Port State Measures Agreement.

The Agreement commits all parties to act against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which has a serious economic and environmental impact in Australian and international waters. All parties to the Agreement are required to take action against vessels and operators suspected of IUU fishing, denying entry into ports and preventing access to markets for illegally caught fish.

The agreement will enter into force once it has been ratified by 25 governments. That means only 11 more need to file their “instrument of ratification” with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

IUU fishing is a threat to the sustainability of our fisheries and threatens food security on a global scale as well as the viability of domestic fishers.

This agreement aims to protect the livelihoods of legitimate, sustainable operators and people who depend on the industry. The agreement complements the work the Australian government is doing with their Southeast Asian partners to share information about known IUU operators including trade routes and vessels. This has led to the detention of a number of IUU vessels that have tried to enter Asian ports.

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