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Combating IUU Fishing - Mauritius and Regional Cooperation
Mauritius is fully committed to the sustainable development of marine living resources and responsible fishing and has taken several measures in line with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO International Plan of Action to combat IUU fishing.
Mauritius has adhered to the Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas and the Agreement related to the Conservation and Management of Straddling and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks of the United Nations Law of the Sea (Fish Stocks Agreement) of 1995. Furthermore, as a responsible port state we have also adhered to the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), in spite of our limited resources, in order to contribute to the struggle against IUU fishing in the Southern Ocean. Mauritius is a member of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) and signed the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA)
Mauritius participates actively in regional initiatives to combat IUU fishing such as projects under the aegis of the Indian Ocean Commission which have provided assistance to review its fisheries legislation, train officers and put in place port inspection procedures and extending assistance for fisheries surveillance and capacity building in at sea vessel inspection. Mauritius is also party to the SADC Statement of Commitment by SADC Ministers Responsible for Marine Fisheries on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.
Mauritius is implementing a vessel monitoring system since 2005 and has put in place port state control measures based on the FAO Model Scheme and all fishing vessels calling in its port are subject to monitoring, control and inspection accordingly. A National Plan of Action to combat IUU fishing has also been finalised and a number of measures embodied in it are already being implemented.
See details for related event '5th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing'
Combating IUU Fishing - a case study of Mauritius
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