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Report of the first meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, Oslo, Norway, 29-31 May 2017














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    Report of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group established by the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, Oslo, Norway, 1-2 June 2017 2017
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    This document contains the report of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group (Part 6 Working Group) established by the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, held in Oslo, Norway, from 1 to 2 June 2017. The Part 6 Working Group discussed the main requirements and priorities of developing States in the implementation of the Agreement and recommended that support should consider legal and policy aspects, in stitutional set-up and capacity, and operations and procedures. It recognized that assistance should be tailored to accommodate the specific needs of countries and regions, and highlighted the importance of linking individual and institutional capacity building. The important support that existing regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) mechanisms can provide in delivering assistance to developing States Parties was recognized. The Part 6 Working Group agreed on draft Terms of Referenc e for the funding mechanisms to assist developing States Parties to be considered by the Parties at their next meeting. It was agreed that funding mechanisms shall include contribution schemes toward an Assistance Fund, including for projects in support of the implementation of the Agreement. The important linkage between activities supported by the Assistance Fund and FAO’s global capacity development programme in support of the Agreement and complementary instruments was emphasized.
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    Report of the Third Meeting of the Global Record Informal Open-Ended Technical and Advisory Working Group, Rome, Italy, 26-28 June 2017 2019
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    The third Meeting of the Global Record Informal Open-Ended Technical and Advisory Working Group (GRWG) was held in Rome, Italy, from 26 to 28 June 2017. The meeting was attended by experts from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Members, intergovernmental organisations (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO), in view of identifying the next steps towards the development of the Global Record as a tool to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Issues discussed included: the revision of the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Working Group; the progress and state of affairs of the Global Record Programme; the IHS offer for inclusion of vessel data into the Global Record; user experiences, features, functionalities, rules and procedures, and participation to the first working version of the Global Record information system; outcomes of the first meeting of the Parties of the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) in relation to the Global Record; and capacity development support. The GRWG agreed upon the revised TOR for the Working Group. The importance of publicly releasing the Global Record prior to the 33rd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) to showcase the utility of the Global Record in the fight against IUU fishing and to encourage further participation, was highlighted. The GRWG recognized the value of IHSM’s revised offer in providing the five essential data fields, required for submitting a vessel into the Global Record information system, to support the implementation of Phase 1, whilst reiterating the responsibility of the State to provide the data. The Secretariat was requested to develop ways to facilitate the submission of data by States and that the source of data should be correctly marked in the information system. The need for a clear procedure for establishing National Focal Points (NFPs), was highlighted. The GRWG recommended that vessels records should be updated at least every 45 to 90 days. The GRWG underlined the importance that data included in the Global Record is of the highest quality and, in this regard, highlighted the need to establish procedures to avoid dissemination of conflicting data. The importance of timely advancements to the Global Record information system, particularly to support data verification and risk analysis for the PSMA and other instruments such as the United Nations Fish Stock Agreement (UNFSA), was underlined. The GRWG agreed upon the major areas that need consideration for capacity development action and highlighted that these should be planned and implemented in coordination with capacity development actions established under other initiatives to ensure coherence and support the development of synergies. The GRWG welcomed the announcement by Sweden of a contribution to the Global Record of 900 000 USD.
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    Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
    Bali, Indonesia, 8–12 May 2023
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    The Parties reviewed the status of the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures (“the Agreement” or PSMA) and recalled the decisions of the Third Meeting of the Parties. Progress and challenges in the implementation of the Agreement by Parties were discussed and the important role of regional fisheries bodies (RFBs), in particular regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs), in supporting the implementation of the Agreement was highlighted. The Parties agreed on the operationalization of the Global Information Exchange System by the end of 2023 and adopted the Terms of Reference for the Technical Working Group on Information Exchange. The Parties emphasized that assistance to developing States Parties is critical for the effective implementation of the Agreement, and reiterated the need to make the multilateral-partner PSMA Part 6 Trust Fund administered by FAO operational. The Parties adopted A Strategy to Improve the Effectiveness of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (the “Bali Strategy”). The Parties also agreed that the Terms of Reference of the PSMA Strategy ad hoc Working Group be modified to include the task of monitoring the effective implementation of the Agreement. The amended questionnaire for the Parties for the review and assessment of the effectiveness of the PSMA, together with the new questionnaire for RFBs and other international organizations, were adopted. The programme of work was discussed and the Parties agreed on a schedule of PSMA meetings.

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