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    In October 2014, the European Commission identified Sri Lanka asa non-cooperating third country, on the basis that it was not takingsufficient action to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreportedand Unregulated (IUU) fishing; and imposed a ban on the importof raw and processed fish to the European Union (EU). The ban waslifted in the first half of 2016, in recognition of the efforts made bythe Government of Sri Lanka to address the challenges. However,the Government was still in need of technical assistance to review,consolidate and update the relevant legal framework; as well astraining and other capacity development to the involved bodiesand entities on fishing vessel inspection and the Monitoring,Control and Surveillance (MSC) of fishing vessels, in orderto effectively combat IUU fishing.
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    Sri Lanka National Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2013 2013
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    The fisheries industry of Sri Lanka contributes significantly to the nutrition, employment and food security, foreign exchange earnings, and government revenue of the country, and therefore its sustainability has become a primary concern in the economic development of the country. Sri Lanka perceives illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) as a serious threat to the sustainability of the fisheries in both national jurisdictions and high seas, and agrees that such fishing has to be prevented, deterred and eliminated. Towards this end, Sri Lanka has adopted a number of measures in conformity with the national and international law and is in the process of taking further action. Sri Lanka is also committed to co-operate with other States, both directly and through the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and where necessary through other the Regional Fisheries Management Organization, to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing.
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    Report of the FAO Workshop on Implementing the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the North West Indian Ocean, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1–5 June 2016 2016
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    This document contains the report of the FAO workshop on Implementing the 2009 FAO Agreement on port State measures to prevent deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (“the Agreement”) which was held at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 1 to 5 June 2015. The workshop was attended by 42 participants from 15 coastal countries of the North West Indian Ocean (Arabian Sea and adjacent seas and gulfs), in addition to representatives from two non-governmental org anizations (NGOs), one intergovernmental organization, one regional fishery management organization (RFMO) and a representative from the European Commission. The workshop was organized to improve the understanding of the provisions of the PSMA, to highlight the policy, legal, institutional and operational requirements for effective implementation of the provisions, and to enhance the necessary skills of national officers in the implementation of port State measures. The workshop agenda included a number of items to inform the participants on the provisions and requirements of the PSMA, as well as the costs and benefits. The second half of the workshop brought the participants together in working groups to discuss challenges and recommendations in the region in terms of legal and policy, institutional and capacity building, operations, and finally regional cooperation. Funding for the workshop was provided by the Norwegian Government through the project “Support to the effective applica tion of the 2009 FAO Agreement on port State measures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing” (GCP/GLO/515/NOR).

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