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Mauritius accedes to the Port State Measures Agreement

Demonstrating continued commitment to prevent illegal fishing and the trade of illegal fish products Mauritius has become the latest African country to accede to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA).  Holding a significant position as a seafood hub in the Western Indian Ocean, the accession and implementation of the PSMA by Mauritius will enable improved capability to stop illegal fishing and bring benefits to the region as a whole.The objective of the PSMA is "to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing". This is to be achieved through - among other things - inspections of vessels and the acquiring of certain information prior to granting or denying port access. The effect of which is, ensuring "the long-term conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and marine ecosystems."

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