In 2010, aware of the powerful and cost effective compliance tool of Port States measures to combat IUU fishing activities in the Indian Ocean, the IOTC adopted a resolution on Port State measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing (IOTC Resolution 10/11 on PSMR, superseded by Resolution 16/11). The resolution, which entered into force on 1 March 2011, is inspired by the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures but placed in the context of the IOTC mandate. The fisheries administration of the Coastal CPCs of the IOTC, where foreign fishing vessels offload tuna and tuna like species, are responsible for the implementation of the resolution.
Understanding PSM – Closing ports to IUU vessels
The following materials have been designed by IOTC specifically for PSM training in the IOTC Region:
A model PSM regulation has been developed to assist CPCs to transpose the Resolution 16/11 into the domestic legislation:
A model MoU on interagency cooperation and a guidelines on best practices for interagency and regional cooperation has been developed to assist CPCs to strengthen cooperation among national agencies implementing PSM at national level: