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Angola signs UN treaty on legal and sustainable fishing

Angola signed the United Nations treaty on legal and sustainable fishing, part of the Agreement on Port State Measures aimed at preventing, deterring and eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

: Lusa

According to a press release from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), sent this Tuesday to Lusa, Angola is part of the new members of the agreement along with Eritrea, Morocco and Nigeria.

FAO reveals that member nations prevent the entry of foreign ships that practice or support this type of illegal activity in their ports.

The accession of the four African countries "raised to 60 percent the total number of port countries committed to the agreement, an instrument of mandatory compliance, in favor of more sustainable fishing."

For FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu, quoted in the statement, the increase in consumer demand and the transformation of agri-food systems in fisheries and aquaculture have led global fish production to the highest levels observed today.

"Now there is widespread recognition that it is necessary to intensify the fight against harmful fishing", he stressed.

The FAO official also considered "encouraging" the support of countries in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "at a time when about a fifth of fish caught around the world each year originates from illegal fishing, unreported and unregulated".

The director of FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, Manuel Barrange, stressed that national, regional and global efforts to achieve sustainable fishing "are also affected", arguing that the "elimination of all types of illegal activity is fundamental" to achieve the SDGs.

"The recommendation is that port control be tighter and encourage an exchange of information through the implementation of the Agreement on Measures of the State of Porto", the document also mentions.

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