Measures to be Adopted by the Port State in Combating IUU Fishing 15/05/2000
Author: Directorate of Fisheries, Norway: Terje Lobach
This paper was prepared as one in a series of specialist background papers for the Expert Consultation on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing organised by the Government of Australia in cooperation with FAO, in May 2000. This paper reviews current practice by some port states to curb IUU fishing, in the light of the failure of many flag states to exercise effective and responsible flag state control over their fishing vessels. The paper also examines the possibility of implementing a system of regional port state control of fishing vessels. It concludes that such an approach might be a useful way forward in combating IUU fishing, provided that it is closely linked to the regional fisheries management organisations.