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Iceland Makes a Stand Against Illegal Fishing

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ICELAND - Iceland has become the 12th state to sign up to the FAO's Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) which aims to prevent illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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“Iceland is a leader in the global fight to end illegal fishing and in promoting sustainable fishing,” said Tony Long, director of ending illegal fishing for The Pew Charitable Trusts.

“I applaud the country for helping to stop illegal fishers, who for too long have found ways to route ill-gotten catch through ports around the world. I urge more countries to ratify the PSMA without further delay.”

The PSMA was set up in 2009 by the FAO to combat illegal fishing and to help prevent illegal fish reaching the market through the implementation of strong port State measures.

The treaty will enter into force 30 days after 25 nations have ratified it.

Iceland now joins Chile, the EU, Gabon, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Uruguay which have all ratified the agreement.