The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations has initiated a process to assist the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
IUU fishing is a global problem that threatens ocean ecosystems and sustainable fisheries. IUU fishing undermines domestic and international conservation and management efforts. It also distorts legal markets an unfairly competes with the products of law-abiding Fisher folks and seafood industries globally.
IUU products often come from fisheries lacking the strong and effective conservation and management measures required for international compliance.
Once a nation is identified it is encouraged to take corrective action; failing to comply could result in that nation being issued a negative certification further resulting in imports of fisheries products being prohibited from that nation.
Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar gave the assurance that “We (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) are in the process of ensuring that we put the requisite structures in place to ensure that we have compliance with our international obligations.”
Caesar expressed his gratitude for the intervention of the FAO in assisting St. Vincent and the Grenadines in putting these structures in place.
FAO Legal Officer Pio Manoa explained that FAO was requested by the Ministry of Agriculture to assist in combating illegal unreported and unregulated fishing the mission was undertaken to enable FAO to identify a pathway to see how to assist St. Vincent and the Grenadines.