Code Of Conduct In Fishing

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Millions of people around the world depend on fish as a living. Fisheries provide a source of income, recreation, food and employment throught the world, therefore it is very important that everyone who is involved in fishing helps to manage and conserve these World fisheries. To be able to manage and conserve these fisheries more than 170 members of the FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS (FAO) in 1995 have adopted a Code of Conduct for responsible fisheries which is aimed for all those working or involved in fishing.This is voluntary and not mandatory. However even though the UN has adopted this code of conduct which has brought about progress we still find fishing activities not being conducted in a responsible manner.…show more content…
These rules are to be found in the Code of Conduct, voluntary instruments and also a number of treaties adopted between countries. Accepting these agreements will help improve the conservation and management of fisheries. Each country should review its fishing laws so as to be able to use all the relevant tools which the IPOA-IUU provides. Governments should encourage fishers to abide with these fishing rules by giving them incentives however should punish fishers who break these rules with hash penalties. Responsibilities of Flag Countries Since Flag countries have a primary responsibility of controlling the fishing activities of their vessels the IPOA-IUU offers an wide range of tools to help these flag countries control their vessels.To be able to control their vessels governments should start registering also small fishing vessels which are not required to register in some countries. Also it must avoid registering vessels who previously been involved in IUU fishing even if there has been a change in name and registration. One must follow a pattern of flag hopping, where there would be frequent change of flags. It must also maintain a record of all its vessels and include all the possible information relating to the physical characteristics of its vessels and fishing history.Flag countries should also authorize fishers to fish only if they agree to the conditions…show more content…
These rules aim to make sure that no illegal fishery products are sold on the EU market.To be able to achieve this the regulations requires that flag states must provide the origin and legality of the fish . These measures adopted aim to ensure that the country complies with their own management and conversation rules and also internationally rules agreed upon. Also the regulations introduces an alert system whereby each EU country shares information between them about suspected cases of illegal

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