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19 June 2017

Sweden commits 50 million SEK to FAO to fight illegal fishing

Sweden is stepping up the efforts to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. The government is preparing a support of SEK 50 million to the Food and Agriculture Organizationof the United Nations, FAO, for the implementation of the Port State Agreement.

Sweden and Fiji have jointly taken the initiative of the UN Conference – The Ocean Conference – to support the work that is done for saving the world’s ocean and achieving the global sustainable development target for marine and marine resources, Objective 14 of the UN 2030 Agenda. The pledge is backed by three Swedish Ministers of State – Isabella Lövin, Sven-Erik Bucht and Karolina Skog as well as by Crown Princess Viktoria, António Guterres, UN Secretary General and about 100 ministers from different countries.

The Swedish government is preparing a 50 million SEK commitment to implement the Port State Measures Agreement – to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. The support goes through the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO. The support will also help to:

• Establish global fisheries records, which means that all information about fishing vessels and fishing activities is gathered in one place

• Develop international guidelines for the marking of fishing gear. Abandoned and lost fishing gear is a major littering problem and also poses a threat to wildlife in the ocean.

See more about the need to achieve Goal 14 here.

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