Panama commits to zero tolerance on IUUPanama reaffirmed its zero tolerance stance on IUU fishing at this week’s COFI meeting

Panama ratified its commitment to a zero-tolerance policy on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) during the XXXIV session of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI), where related issues and challenges linked to fishing and aquaculture were also discussed.

The Committee on Fisheries met from Tuesday February 2nd to Friday February 5th, to discuss fisheries and aquaculture around the world.

Panama’s Aquatic Resources Authority (Arap) reports that Panama has participated in the committee’s discussion on IUU fishing and took the opportunity to regain its leadership in this forum for international political dialogue, defending the interests of its citizens while also highlighting its global role in registering ships and acknowledging those who depend on Panama’s trusted registry.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, a landmark instrument that has been guiding efforts towards sustainable fisheries and aquaculture throughout the world. In this regard, Panama adopted, through the law of December 7th 2009, the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Panama’s commitment to zero tolerance on illegal fishing is demonstrated by the adoption of the country’s new fishing law as well as its partnerships with international non-profit organisations, such as Global Fishing Watch, to fight against illegal fishing while committing as well to transparency.

Subjects addressed in this week’s meeting include progress made in global and regional processes related to fisheries and aquaculture, as well as climate change and environmental aspects related to fisheries and aquaculture.

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