Joining forces to shape tomorrow’s fishery sector is the newly launched (3 September) publication prepared by IMO, ILO, and FAO. The new brochure will help promote safe and decent work in fisheries through the application of international standards.

The publication provides an overview of the four main international binding fisheries conventions/agreements* that promote the safety of fishing vessels, fishers’ safety, training of fishers, and responsible and safe fisheries operations.

Guidance for policy and decision-makers in the fisheries, maritime, and labor sectors are also provided to encourage the ratification and implementation of the above-mentioned fisheries instruments.

As fishing remains one of the most dangerous professions globally, the sector needs to change to become more sustainable. This publication aims to support governments in achieving their commitments towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; and SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

*The IMO (2012) Cape Town Agreement (CTA), The IMO (1995) International Convention on Training, Certification and for Fishing Vessels Personnel (STCW-F), The ILO (2007) Work in Fishing Convention (C188), The (2009) FAO Agreement on Port States Measures to Prevent Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA)

Abstract:
This brochure gives a summary overview of four international binding fisheries instruments (conventions and agreements) that promote the safety of fishing vessels, the safety of fishers, training of fishers, and responsible and safe fisheries operations. This brochure has been prepared by IMO, ILO, and FAO to provide guidance to policy and decision-makers and other stakeholders in the fisheries, maritime, and labor sectors with a view to promoting ratification and implementation of the following fisheries instruments:

  1. The IMO (2012) Cape Town Agreement (CTA)
  2. The IMO (1995) International Convention on Training, Certification and for Fishing Vessels Personnel (STCW-F)
  3. The ILO (2007) Work in Fishing Convention (C188)
  4. The (2009) FAO Agreement on Port States Measures to Prevent Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA)

In addition, information is provided on voluntary instruments relevant to safety in the fisheries sector, such as the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, various safety codes, safety recommendations, and technical and implementation guidelines.

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