Deposit of the Instrument of Accession to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
May 19, 2017
1. On May 19, Japan deposited the instrument of accession to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing with the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
2. This Agreement sets out effective measures to be implemented by port states in relation to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, with the goal of preventing, deterring and eliminating IUU fishing and in doing so ensuring the long-term conservation and sustainable use of marine living resources and marine ecosystems.
3. In concluding this agreement, Japan intends to pursue the stable development of its fishing industry, along with proactively cooperating toward the goal of the Agreement as a responsible fishing nation.
(Reference) The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
(1) Adopted by the FAO Conference in November 2009. Entered into force in June 2016.
(2) As of May 4, 2017, 45 countries (including the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) and the European Union had concluded the Agreement.
(3) In Japan, Diet approval for concluding this Agreement was obtained on May 10, 2017. In accordance with the provisions of this Agreement, this Agreement will enter into force in respect of Japan on June 18, 2017, the 30th day after the date of the deposit of the instrument of accession on May 19.