Landing legal catch - Port State Measures
New Zealand is working with other
countries through the FAO to negotiate
a legally binding international
agreement on landing of fish.
In New Zealand, commercially caught
fish must be unloaded through licensed
fish receivers. Fishers must be able to
prove that their catch is legal and have
documentation recording the catch history.
Not all countries have such rigorous controls.
The proposed international agreement
will make illegal fishing harder. Countries
that sign up to it will be expected to apply
stronger provisions to vessels seeking
access to their ports.
For example, those receiving the fish may
need to seek proof from vessels that they
were fishing legally in an area and that
they have reported their catch correctly.
If vessels are unable to provide this
information they may be denied entry
into the port.
While there is still the chance that they
could unload fish at ports in countries that
aren’t signatories to the agreement, the
cost of getting to those ports could make
the catch unprofitable