Delegates meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome successfully concluded two years of negotiations on a new treaty to require stronger controls on vessels carrying fish into the world’s ports. The United States strongly supported this initiative and participated actively in the negotiations. Ambassador David Balton of the Department of State led the U.S. delegation and served as Vice-Chair of the negotiations.
The agreement represents a step forward in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. It is the hope of the United States that the treaty will receive wide-spread adherence and full implementation. The guiding premise of the treaty is to make illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing more costly and more risky for those who continue to undermine fisheries rules.
The treaty, with the formal title of “Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing” will be open for adherence by States once it is approved by the FAO Conference in November.