Recently, MARA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) have worked together with the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the Ministry of Transport (MOT), the General Administration of Customs (GAC) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) to implement port state measures to crack down on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels. They planned to notify ports in China of the list of 247 IUU fishing vessels released by seven Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) with which China has joined. These vessels will be prevented from entering China’s ports, and refused to refuel, resupply, repair and berth on China’s ports and to discharge, transfer, package and process their catch. At the same time, MARA has notified relevant fishing harbor supervision and administration departments in China of the above mentioned 247 IUU fishing vessels to prevent them from entering China’s fishery harbors.
Cracking down on IUU fishing has been one of the most crucial issues in the field of international fishery management in recent years. FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing has officially taken effect in 2016. All countries and fishery organizations have generally adopted port measures as an important method to fight against IUU fishing. China has firmly supported and actively coordinated with the international community to tackle all kinds of illegal fishing. So far, China has successively joined seven RFMOs, including the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO), the North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), and has fulfilled relevant obligations according to their requirements,and china made rational use of marine fishery resources and promoted sound development of China’s pelagic fishery under the existing international framework of fishery management.